China to enhance support for electric vehicles

Beijing, Sep 25 (IANS) China is set to build more charging facilities for electric vehicles and unify standards so that all vehicles can use all charging stations.

The government will focus on increasing the number of charging stations and uniform standards for charging ports, said Zheng Shanjie, deputy head with the National Energy Administration, on Friday.

A State Council meeting on Wednesday decided that all new residential complexes should ensure that all parking lots have charging facilities, while no less than 10 percent of parking lots in large public buildings or public car lots should have charging facilities, Xinhua news agency reported.

All electric car makers should comply with China’s new standard when it is released in making their charging posts, Zheng said, adding that the US company Tesla is actively involved in defining the standard.

China’s new energy vehicle sector has seen explosive growth in the past two years due to subsidies and tax cuts.

In the first eight months of this year, sales of new energy vehicles rose by 270 percent.

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