China Extends Tax Rebate for New-Energy Cars
China will extend a tax rebate on the purchase of new-energy vehicles, reflecting the country’s ongoing efforts to boost the emerging sector.
The government will continue to waive the current 10% purchase tax on new-energy vehicles until the end of 2020, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement on Wednesday. The current tax rebate policy was due to expire at the end of this year.
New-energy vehicles include hybrid cars as well as those powered exclusively by electric batteries or hydrogen fuel cells.
The announcement spurred stocks in the sector to rise significantly on Wednesday. The share price of Shenzhen-based car manufacturer BYD Co. Ltd., for instance, rose 5.92% by close of trading.
But the years-long subsidy program has led to widespread fraud. An industry-wide investigation launched by regulators late last year found that companies employed a range of tricks to qualify for state support, including falsifying data.
Regulators are also concerned about overcapacity in the industry. Beijing launched a probe into the “low quality, blind expansion” in the electric vehicle sector in October, according to the Ministry of Finance.
Beijing has instead opted for a quota system that will require all carmakers to ensure a certain percentage of sales come from low- or zero-emission vehicles, starting from 2019. The quota will be gradually increased, forcing automakers to buy “credits” from other producers for every conventional car they make.
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