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Policy Options on the Development of New-Energy Auto Industry(No.22, 2018)

Mar 13,2018

By Zhou Yi, Department of Industrial Economy, DRC

Research report No.22, 2018 (Total 5297) 2018-1-24

Abstract: By the end of 2016, the aggregate number and sales volume of new-energy cars in China had exceeded one million, with more than 90% of spare and accessory parts of assembled cars locally produced. The technology has been greatly improved across the board in the past few years. This is largely due to the intensive policy support provided by governments at various levels. Field survey findings show that there are some problems to be addressed. For example, the 30,000-kilometer operating target is too high (i.e. a new-energy car can apply for financial subsidy only after it runs for 30,000-kilometers), the policy measures are often modified, it is difficult for enterprise to cope with the changes of policies and many companies face the shortage of funds for operation. Relevant government departments need to take an innovative approach toward the issue of post-subsidy provision after a car finishes 30,000 kilometers of running. Industrial policies need to focus on the continuity and predictability of changes, extend the period of subsidies, increase financial support, shore up manufacturers for the production of spare and accessory parts of the new-energy auto industry with related policy measures, provide appropriate protection to the development of domestic new-energy auto industry, issue positive guiding policies to consumers and further encourage R&D activity relating to technological advance.

Key words: new-energy cars, problems, policy options