The Chinese government plans to establish a national innovation centre for so-called New Energy Vehicles, namely EVs and PHEVs, in Beijing. That is what the country’s Ministry of Science and Technology just announced.
The centre’s purpose is to pool competences of the Chinese industry, universities and research institutions. The objective is to study key technologies for NEVs to meet the growing demand.
China is without a doubt the world’s biggest market for electrified vehicles. For 2017, statistics published by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers show a sales volume of 777,000 EVs and PHEVs in the People’s Republic. In the eyes of the government that’s just the beginning: By 2020, the country seeks to reach the milestone of 2m electrified cars sold annually.
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