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China Taps Brakes on New-Energy Car Quota Rollout

By Yang Ge and An Limin
China's now-delayed plan for automaker quotas of new-energy vehicle sales is based on a complex point system that takes individual vehicle emission levels into account. Above, new-energy vehicles are charged in Jiashan county, Zhejiang province, on Thursday. Photo: Visual China
China's now-delayed plan for automaker quotas of new-energy vehicle sales is based on a complex point system that takes individual vehicle emission levels into account. Above, new-energy vehicles are charged in Jiashan county, Zhejiang province, on Thursday. Photo: Visual China

China will delay the rollout of a plan requiring all carmakers to promote new-energy vehicle sales after manufacturers complained they would have difficulty meeting state-set quotas by the original start date.

Beijing is heavily promoting new-energy vehicles in a bid to clean up the country’s air and promote homegrown technologies that can be exported. But after experiencing problems with incentives to promote the sector, the government has switched gears to a quota system that will force traditional automakers to add new-energy cars to their sales mix.

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