According to a report in Gasgoo, citing the National Development and Reform Commission, regulations on the development of new energy vehicles have been submitted to China’s State Council for approval and are expected to be in place by March next year.
New energy vehicles will divide into three categories:
Start-up technology, such as fuel cell vehicles still at the research level;Developing technologies, such as hybrids with lithium-ion batteries;Mature technologies, such as lead-acid battery hybrid vehicles.
According to the report, the current annual production capacities of China’s nickel-hydrogen batteries and lithium-ion batteries should be able to supply 150,000 vehicles annually by 2010.
In addition, the Nikkei reports that Nissan is considering building the LEAF electric vehicle in the city of Guangzhou having signed an agreement with the government in the city to set up an electric car program.
The GreenCar Website suggests that China and the US will work together to explore the development of joint products and testing standards for electric vehicles.