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SACRAMENTO, CA - June 25, 2018: NACS online reported that California and eight states have outlined an 80-step plan to increase the number of zero-emissions vehicles on the roads, The Wall Street Journal reports. The plan addresses ways that government officials, utilities, dealers, automobile makers and charging/fueling companies can accelerate adoption of electric vehicles and other environmentally friendly cars.
The recommendations come as the Trump administration takes steps to loosen federal rules related to tailpipe emissions. Currently, car makers must sell vehicles that slash emissions enough to average more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025, according to U.S. regulations.
While electric vehicles make up about 1% of auto sales, the coalition’s plan would translate into about 12 million zero-emissions vehicles by 2030 in those nine states—a 26-fold jump. The coalition of states includes California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.
In response to this announcement, NACS, along with other industry stakeholders, sent a letter to the governors of these coalition states outlining concerns about governments’ preference for electric vehicles over other clean and efficient fuels. Specifically, the letter outlines the concerns about governments’ selection of specific transportation technologies without consideration for consumer preferences and demand. Rather than choosing one fuel technology over another, the letter says, state and federal governments should encourage all clean fuels—whether they be electric or liquid motor fuels. NACS is working with all stakeholders to ensure that the fuel retailing industry is part of these discussions and can compete on the same level as any other industry on the future of transportation technologies.MORE:
Changan breaks ground on 20 billion yuan EV plant in Nanjing
Automotive News China | 2018/6/26 State-owned Changan Automobile Co. began construction on a major assembly plant for electric vehicles in the east China city of Nanjing to boost EV output.
The 20 billion yuan ($3.1 billion) factory is set to start production in June 2020. It will have capacity to build 240,000 EVs a year, the Nanjing city government said on its website.
The plant will mainly build electric crossovers, SUVs and sporty sedans.
The Chinese government is set to enact a carbon credit program in 2019 to push automakers to ramp up EV production.
Changan, the second-largest domestic Chinese carmaker following Geely Automobile Holdings, is now under regulatory pressure to boost EV output.
In 2017, the automaker delivered roughly 1,163,000 light vehicles, of which only 61,237 were EVs and plug-in hybrids. It has two electric sedans, one electric crossover and a plug-in hybrid sedan in its product lineup.
To meet the regulatory requirements, Changan plans to expand its electrified vehicle mix to include 21 EVs and 12 plug-in hybrids by 2025.
Changan, based in the southwest China municipality of Chongqing, also operates joint ventures with Ford Motor Co., Mazda Motor Corp., Suzuki Motor Corp. and PSA Peugeot Citroen.