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Automakers Plead With China to Delay EV Mandates

Companies say timeline is too aggressive to be met.

by on Jul.14, 2017

Tesla is apparently closing in on a deal to build new cars in Shanghai.

On the surface, the recent push by the Chinese government to mandate the production of electric vehicles to help stimulate its economy while it also helps to clean the air in many of its highly populated cities seems like a boon to EV-producing automakers.

However, a group of those advantaged makers recently implored the Chinese government to back off its frenzied push for battery-electric vehicles because these companies are unable to meet the timelines in the new regulations.

The Last Word!

In a letter sent last month to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the makers asked China to delay and soften planned quotas for sales of electric and hybrid cars, saying its proposals will be impossible to meet and would severely disrupt their businesses, according to Reuters. (more…)