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Why China Isn’t Ready for Vehicles

Despite China’s it’s not well positioned to in the global electric vehicle

In this Nov. 5, 2013 a visitor looks at an E30 EV, a small vehicle of Chinese state-owned manufacturer Dongfeng Motor Co. at International Industry Fair in China. Facing pressure to a worn-out growth model, leaders are promising dramatic at a weekend meeting, starting on Nov.

9, 2013, that advocates hope will history by unleashing a new wave of transformation.

By 2020, auto expect more than 2 electric vehicles to be sold year. That’s a huge from the 113,000 electric that were sold in It’s also why China has set its on trying to win this “new vehicle” sector by 2020.

China’s track record is It launched successful bids to in wind turbines, solar and personal electronics. However, are a number of structural problems in how the and economy work that it unlikely that a Chinese to Tesla, the Chevy Volt or the Toyota Prius will any time soon.

The persistent of the Chinese automotive industry is a big around the neck of an aspiring electric vehicle, or EV, maker. In the a hundred car manufacturers in 1914 to a dozen in 1924, three of controlled 90 percent of sales. forces don’t function as in China.

Out of dozens of Chinese car my analysis shows 20 companies a market share over 1 their headquarters spread out a full third of the provinces.

The central government agenda has wanted to consolidate Chinese companies, but local governments The industry employs millions of brings in significant research and can be very lucrative. This is the the Chinese central government has a large role in shepherding industries to international domination, funds to the state-owned enterprises to them succeed. It is trying to do the with EVs. Beijing may set but local governments implement it, and spending has been wasteful and

This is in contrast to the U.S. domestic efforts to promote vehicles – coordinated local among states. private programs and federal policy – are growing.

The result? Chinese electric manufacturers crop up in 23 provinces, but have only put 45 percent of designed models into The rest may never become products.

Demonstration projects across 25 cities combined $9,000 per car central government were supposed to put hundreds of of cars on the road by the end of 2013. happened? Very little.

8,733 EVs were sold in


Why don’t electric vehicles in China? In contrast to wind electric vehicles are consumer there is more to success a low price tag. Even at 2 sales worldwide, electric ownership will still be the of relatively affluent early

Granted, a subset of affluent might decide EVs are their symbol. But to sell products Chinese companies must international consumer brand a high hurdle the solar and turbine industries didn’t

In order to dominate international vehicle manufacturing, the central needs this hot consumer not be an imported Tesla, but a homegrown The popular domestic brands cater to first-time car buyers in small, basic cars. The markets Chinese manufacturers export to – Egypt, Chile, and others – are not much wealthier.

The EV is more expensive than a car, and your average motorist isn’t that Yes, luxury cars in China, but these tend the SUV segment and the ubiquitous, black A6 government officials favor. in cities where electric car could circumvent expensive plate auctions or lotteries, could change. But rich Chinese live in apartments and access to the parking and home American suburbanites have.

Meanwhile, the disconnect between government ambition and local means that Beijing, most populous city, has 64 charging poles.

Many industries are justifiably concerned competition from China. It make sense that electric vehicle manufacturers be peering over the shoulders at Chinese rivals just as the is poised to boom. The unique of China that have drive success in other however, are not benefiting the more Chinese auto industry.

That’s making it very for China to translate Tesla, the or the Prius into a success of its

Ingrid Akerlind is a fellow for Way’s Clean Energy

Corrected on : Corrected 11/13/14: The version of this post the Audi A6.

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