New energy vehicles draw interest at auto show

Global carmakers have pinned their hopes on China's electric car market which has the potential to become the largest in the world as government incentives help drive up demand.

China could become the largest electric car market within five years if the central government continued its incentives, including subsidies for buying green cars, and if there was a proliferation of charging stations, Andy Palmer, Nissan's chief planning officer said at 2014 Auto China show in Beijing.

The Japanese carmaker this year introduced its Venucia electric car, a brand produced with its Chinese joint venture partner Dongfeng Motor. Palmer said Nissan was bullish about the Chinese market because of the growing urban population and concerns over pollution.

NEV draw interest at auto show

"We already see pollution affecting people's health, and we are simply human so cannot afford to have this happen," Palmer said. "Carmakers can be part of the problem, or they can be part of the solution."

However, its plan to launch new models would still depend on the development of the market in the next two to three years, he said.

Any technology is expensive in the beginning and this is one of the difficulties facing electric vehicle development, he said. "Normally you need some kind of incentives from the government to stimulate that market. We see that happening now in many places around the world."

Developing a charging station network was another difficulty that would need government support, he said.

Despite the infrastructure shortcomings and technology hurdles, new-energy cars have been increasingly recognised in the Chinese market, with manufacturers promoting them as a highlight at the auto show.

A total of 1,134 car models are being displayed at the show, of which 79 are new-energy vehicles, according to the organiser.

The BMW i3 all-electric car also attracted many visitors during a media preview of the show yesterday.

The German premium brand plans to introduce the i3 and its hybrid i8 car to China in the next couple of months, BMW's global sales and marketing chief Ian Robertson said in Beijing yesterday.

"There is great potential here but there are also a number of challenges, for example infrastructure," he said. "The government is taking good steps in terms of incentives and motivations."

New-energy car sales for Chinese electric car maker BYD were robust in the first quarter, a company representative said. More than 1,000 units had been sold since BYD received approval to launch its electric cars in Shanghai in February. However, growth in manufacturing capacity was lagging behind the increase in demand, limiting sales growth, the representative said.

BYD's joint venture with German carmaker Daimler is also ready to launch an electric car in China under the Denza brand in September.

Thomas Weber, Daimler's head of research and development, said at the show that Denza was the first complete vehicle that Daimler had developed with BYD outside Germany.


想看更多 不感兴趣
国轩高科研发新型动力电池 纯电动客车零下四十度可运行
北京市充电设施公共平台一周年, 接入23家运营商6000余根充电桩
大众e-Golf有望2018年国产 续航达300km
同步海外Passat GTE 插电版迈腾明年上市
超威携手美国通用电气 加鞭“黑马”钠盐电池
阿李股份拟成立控股子公司宁德博拓动力电池 投资510万元
新景逸S50 2月18日上市 纯电动版今年10月将推出
20%车型恐难再进新能源推广目录 重审利空一季度
特斯拉超级工厂计划再投3.5亿美元 为Model 3生产电机
青能所成功研发无铅化锂电池 每瓦时成本只有5毛钱
北汽新能源双品牌打法推进 EC180目标8万辆

[2014中国年度绿色汽车]专家评委 吴志新



反馈和建议 在线回复

Hello world!