China Rethinking Subsidies For EVs?

“sources say the new plan under consideration would require vehicles to have at least 125 miles of battery-only range to qualify for any incentives from the national government. The current standard is only 90 miles. In February, the government lowered the amount of incentives for cars with less than 180 miles while raising subsidies for cars with more than 240 miles of range to a maximum of $7,560 — a figure that is oddly similar to the federal tax credit available in the United States.”
 
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Promotion of longer-range EVs by governments seems misplaced. Most of us live in/near cities and don’t need more than ~50 miles of range from our EVs routinely. The longer range is only needed for longer/rarer trips.

Electra Meccanica Vehicles has bet on meeting the needs of commuters with the Solo which could miss out on subsidies for longer ranges. The greatest need for EVs is in/near cities so I hope China figures out what it wants in terms of range. If urban mass-transit is inadequate and personal vehicles are necessary, EVs with just enough range make a lot of sense. Why not promote them? Larger/heavier/more expensive EVs are not the solution to our problems and may add to them. What’s the point of driving empty seats and huge batteries around town? If anyone is going to rejig subsidies for EVs they should subsidize efficiency, km/kWh per car or per person. Solo is a winner for one person and competitive for two people driving two Solos. That 16.1 kWh battery, now increased to 20kWh, gets 100 miles and more. Who doesn’t want that?

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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