China is predicted to become the world’s biggest buyer of electric cars this year, with an estimated 220,000 to 250,000 cars being sold, according to a party official.
The United States currently buys the most amounts of electric cars – the American market is estimated at around 180,000 cars a year.
With the Chinese electric car industry developing at an ever-quickening pace, companies there are hoping to produce cars that are high in quality, not just quantity.
Deputy secretary general Xu Yanhua told an industry conference: “China’s electric car industry is developing rapidly, but quality and not just quantity should be the focus for the development to be sustainable.
“Safety and the quality of the batteries should be carefully supervised.”
In the first 10 months of this year, the sales of electric cars have grown by 290 per cent year-on-year to 171,145.
The Chinese government offers buyers subsidies and tax cuts, which has promoted the growth of those using electric cars as their primary means of transport.
China is already the world’s largest automobile market and this latest announcement will see manufacturers targeting the country even more keenly, with models specifically designed to appeal to the average Chinese motorist. Success in China is now crucial in a car manufacturer’s development and future.
A greater usage of electric cars would benefit China’s crippling pollution problems too, leading to better air quality and a higher standard of living.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.