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China Transport Sector Policy Briefing – 2019, Issue 4

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The newest issue of our China Transport Sector Policy Briefing is here! The Sustainable Mobility Team at GIZ in China provides you with regular summaries of important policies in China’s transport sector.

Inside this issue of the China Transport Sector Policy Briefing

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Significant topics outlined in this issue are the energy consumption of electric vehicles (EVs) and the corporate average fuel consumption.

Where the corporate average fuel consumption (CAFC) of China’s domestically produced vehicles was supposed to drop 3.2 liters per 100 km at the turn of the decade, preliminary figures now show that targets may already have been reached in 2018. At the same time, BEV manufacturers achieved particularly noteworthy results. What is more, in March, China introduced a new testing cycle for determining the energy consumption of EVs. The China Automotive Testing Cycle (CATC) was introduced in hopes to better reflect the actual circumstances on Chinese roads. This test procedure will replace the current European testing standard (NEFC).

Additionally, NEVs have been dominating China’s national transport policies, which are aiming at building a strong domestic NEV industry that is well-positioned for the future.

One sighting is the potential comeback of Korean battery manufacturers on the Chinese market. The recently issued 318th edition of the Approval of New Vehicle Models and New Vehicle Manufacturers contains several car models which use battery systems from Chinese-Korean battery joint ventures, paving the way for potential subsidies for vehicles using Korean battery systems.

The importance of NEVs in China’s transport sector also becomes apparent in industrial strategy. The first draft for comments of an updated version of the Guiding Catalogue for adjusting the industrial structure from 2011 highlights hydrogen fuel-cells and both the battery management systems and recycling of BEVs as especially promising areas for investments. On the provincial level, both Shanxi Province and Zhejiang Province announced ambitious plans to promote their local hydrogen industries.

Though not everything is about NEVs: The Beijing municipal government released its Comprehensive Transport Action Plan 2019 a detailed annual implementation plan in the context of the Beijing Urban Master Plan 2016-2035, which bets on platform integration and the digital interfaces – emphasizing non-motorized transport and digital mobility.

The China Transport Sector Policy Briefing Issue 4 2019 was written by:

Sandra Retzer serves as Director of the Development Policy Forum at GIZ Head Office in Germany. She formerly supported the Sustainable Mobility Team at GIZ in China as Head of Cluster and Project Director.

We provide news, opinions and reports on policy and technology developments in the transport and mobility sector in China and around the world.

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