Chinese pollution kick-starts Electric car race
Chinese government order changes everything
With record levels of pollution and 16 out of the world’s top 20 most polluted cities, China is set to lead the Electric car revolution. A government pledge of 5 million electric cars on the road by 2020 has prompted a scramble by car manufacturers in the west to grab a slice of potentially a very big electric pie, which if successful will only get spread to other countries.
This year, the air in the Chinese capital reached 40 times the safe limit, and it’s the number of cars and poor quality of fuel which are the significant factors.
With world interest in electric cars slow to materialise, an official announcement from China for mass production has seen car designers start to push the boundaries. Up to now, high prices and ‘blind engineer’ designs have discouraged buyers. But with officially-backed mass production and customer demand for decent looking cars all that is starting to change.
China has restricted new carbon-fuelled car ownership by dramatically limiting the release of new number plates. All that will change with electric cars … e-plate registration will be automatic. Hopefully the electric car revolution just got the cardiopulmonary resuss it urgently needed.