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Innovation highlighted for NEV development

Updated: Nov 04,2020 13:55 PM

China aims to further improve technological innovation, build a new type of industrial ecosystem, promote industrial integration, enhance the infrastructure system, and deepen opening-up and cooperation for the new energy vehicle sector, according to the new development plan for the NEV industry from 2021 to 2035 issued by the State Council on Oct 20.

The Ministry of Science and Technology will increase support for the scientific and technological innovation in the NEV sector, promoting the development of electrification, high intelligence and internet of things in accordance with the plan, said Qin Yong, head of the ministry’s department of high technologies, at a news conference on Nov 3.

The nation's NEV sales are expected to account for 20 percent of overall new car sales by 2025, said Xin Guobin, vice-minister of industry and information technology.

At the supply side, technological progress should be achieved to lower costs, improve safety and develop advanced products for practical use, to gain more competitiveness in the market, Xin said, adding that at the demand side, favorable policies should be adopted to encourage and guide the use of new energy vehicles.

As China's automobile industry is opening wider to the world, China will be dedicated to building a market-oriented, law-based and internationalized business environment, exchange ideas and cooperate with other countries in research and development, trade and investment, standards and regulations, and jointly maintain a stable and smooth global automobile supply chain, Xin said.

Cai Tuanjie, spokesperson with the Ministry of Transport, called for efforts to accelerate the promotion and application of NEVs via cultivating demonstration areas, such as buses, taxies and ports. The ministry will improve policies to support for technological development in NEV buses, taxies and logistics vehicles. He also said the ministry will help build more charging facilities and pay more attention to the safe operation of NEVs. Meanwhile, Cai said that more social forces and talents will be encouraged to join in the after-sales customer services of new energy vehicles.