“What is often left out of this conversation is that the auto industry is not the only thing that is at stake here. Basically, those automakers are asking the Chinese government to let them sell their polluting vehicles in their country for a longer period of time without penalties.
China has an important problem of air pollution that is believed to be the cause of over 4,000 deaths every day. This initiative is part of their campaign to reduce the air pollution in cities and its impact on the health of its population.
The country is also addressing the issue on the energy front by adding renewable energy on its grid faster than any country, which in turn, is making electric vehicles even greener by being powered by this increasingly greener electric grid.”
See Virtually all automakers (except for Tesla) are asking China to slow down electric car mandateWho do these car-makers think they are? Gods? If a nation decides to go electric, they should deliver what the customer wants, not what helps them resist change.
EV technology is sufficiently mature there is little or no technical reason to delay ramping up production of EVs. Thank Goodness there are specialists like Tesla and Electra Meccanica whose major products are EVs. They will gladly ramp up production to help China change whether or not the Biggies cooperate. Maybe Trump should remind them that the customer is always right… No, he’s busy trying to tell the world to cling to fossil fuel because USA has lots of it. Ironically, the reason USA has lots of fossil fuel is that government forced auto-makers to make smaller more efficient cars and trucks… Going a step further to EVs would allow USA to ship even more fossil fuel to supply the world’s reluctant nations. Surprise! There aren’t many reluctant nations except TrumpWorld. Trump/USA wants to sell a deprecated product whether it’s good for people or not.