Plans in California and China will change SA’s car choices

PHOTO: YouxiaThe Chinese Youxia X is one of the more elegant electric cars being built in China.
PHOTO: YouxiaThe Chinese Youxia X is one of the more elegant electric cars being built in China.

SOUTH African annual vehicle sales last year tallied up to only 0,68% of 2016’s global vehicle sales.

Which is why our car dealers pay close attention to what happens in America and China — the world’s two biggest vehicle markets. Economies of scale dictate the models designed for the drivers in these giant markets will eventually filter down to our tiny market.

Fans of thirsty V8 roar may want to look away at this point, because our future cars are going to be quietly humming full-electric vehicles — or evees.

This after California Governor Jerry Brown, California Air Resources Board chair Mary D. Nichols and other California state officials this week met with all China’s leading automakers and battery manufacturers to “expand co-operation and accelerate deployment of zero-emission cars, trucks and buses”, according to a media statement.

China accounts for about 40% of the global market while Californians bought over half of the 17,5 million light vehicles sold in the U.S. last year.

China and California also lead in the rapidly growing market for zero-emission vehicles, which this year surpassed two million cars, trucks and buses worldwide.

In California, 37 different battery-powered, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicle models are currently being sold.

In March, California had more than 280 000 zero-emission vehicles on the roads, and the governor has set a goal of putting 1,5 million evees on the roads by 2025 and four to five million by 2030.

Since 2014, evee sales in China have increased nearly sevenfold to 509 000 vehicles last year.

A working group through the China-U.S. ZEV Policy Lab at UC Davis will next expand co-operation with Chinese zero-emission vehicle and battery technology companies.

The lab is a unique partnership established in 2014 between UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies and the China Automotive Technology and Research Centre, both leaders in zero-emission technology and policy.

The Chinese brands that attended the meeting and which can be expected to start replacing the fuel burners of today included BYD, Beijing Auto Group, Great Wall, Geely, Dongfeng Xiao Kang, WM Motors, Yangtze Motors, along with over battery companies led by China’s Panasonic rival, Contemporary Amperex Technology.

Fans of thirsty V8 roar may want to look away at this point, because our future cars are going to be quietly humming full-electric vehicles — or evees.

This after California Governor Jerry Brown, California Air Resources Board chair Mary D. Nichols and other California state officials this week met with all China’s leading automakers and battery manufacturers to “expand co-operation and accelerate deployment of zero-emission cars, trucks and buses”

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