What& s Clogging Up Beijing& s Push For Electric Cars

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BEIJING The continuous heavy over Beijing is an ever-present of the country s losing battle pollution. But it may also have the engine to jump start the government’s recent push to the sale of and use of electric vehicles.

officials, who had instituted incentives for electric cars, have recently announced a program to 1,000 charging points and in the suburbs to further encourage the to the more environmentally friendly option.

Unfortunately, consumer has been decidely chilly.

There were actually applicants (1,428) for special during the first two months of year than the 1,666 the city had allotted, according to Transport Commission data. certainly leaves some as to whether Beijing will its goal of having 10,000 new of electric cars this

Whether electric vehicles be capable of completely replacing cars remains the biggest concern. The Chinese government, regards electric cars as the s best chance of becoming a leader in the auto industry, has over and over again its

So what is holding back the public from switching to electric?

First is the unsolved problem of the infrastructure. For this, Beijing is carmakers to equip each with a personal charging But the buyer, in turn, must a fixed parking space to it, and the reality is that a parking in Beijing costs on average than 200,000 RMB ($32,000), the means of many.

Even for who can afford such a cost, are other practical obstacles. For a parking space is often so far an owner’s property electrical box it doesn’t meet installation

Who’s responsible?

Meanwhile, car complain that charging are fundamentally the responsibility of China’s Grid Corporation. The complicated installations, as well as their are going to drive up costs for car companies, many of whom rely on government subsidies to


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Battery is another issue that the potential buyer tentative. share price took a late last year suspicion that its Model S fire because of a damaged In May 2012, a model made by the electric car company BYD caught after being hit by another killing the driver and two passengers. the experts’ report stated the fire was not directly related to the of the car, the accident was nonetheless a to the whole industry.ã

In addition, it’s not clear the makers of Chinese electric are really ready for the market. So far two carmakers are eligible to sell cars in the capital, and six others are to Beijing officials for permission. The also require that, obtaining permission to sell in non-local carmakers must be to respond within 30 minutes in the of a car breakdown.

They must also the target of selling more 500 cars in the first year, and no than 1,000 cars in the two years. Otherwise, Beijing revoke its permission to sell.

As carmakers frantically try to fulfill rigid targets, another hovers: regional protectionism. For the BYD Qin. a highly praised hybrid, was not included in the first of Beijing’s permission sale announced last week because BYD Auto is based in rather than the capital. has repeatedly called on the Chinese to treat foreign brands but the Chinese government has dug in its heels.

And so, has the Chinese consumer.

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