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New Green Vehicle Incentives Drive for Higher Performance

Electric cars are charged in Shenzhen, Guangdong province on Feb. 8. China's latest incentive plan will raise the threshold for pure electric vehicles eligible for subsidies to ones that can travel at least 150 kilometers (93 miles) on a single charge, up from 100 km. Photo: VCG
Electric cars are charged in Shenzhen, Guangdong province on Feb. 8. China's latest incentive plan will raise the threshold for pure electric vehicles eligible for subsidies to ones that can travel at least 150 kilometers (93 miles) on a single charge, up from 100 km. Photo: VCG

China’s latest incentives to promote new-energy cars include a broader roll-back of subsidies as Beijing tries to wean the sector from state support, though makers of higher-performing vehicles will continue to receive strong backing, according to a newly released government notice.

Strong government incentives have helped China to become the world’s largest market for new-energy vehicles (NEVs), which include pure electric, hybrid and hydrogen fuel-cell models. But abuse of those incentives has led to a boom in producers of mediocre models with limited range and older technology, prompting Beijing to rethink the program.

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