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Speaking at the 25th World Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exposition (EVS 25) in Shenzhen, Karl-Thomas Neumann, president of Volkswagen Group China, proclaimed that the automaker aims to sell 10,000 electric vehicles (EVs) in China between 2014 and 2018. According to Bloomberg's report, VW hopes to hit that goal by producing:
An electric model at local ventures with SAIC Motor Corp. and FAW Group Corp. as early as 2013 and is considering a battery-powered model specifically designed for the nation in 2018.
China's demand for hybrid and electric vehicles trails that of most other nations, but strong subsidies for purchasing EVs and strict laws controlling pollution in major cities could transform the nation into one that leads the battery-powered movement. Neumann touched upon the changes taking place within China's auto industry, stating:
There is a very strong argument that electric cars are the right move for China, although there are still many challenges. China is making huge investments in renewable energy.
With that said, China's reliance upon coal-fired power stations probably needs to be addressed before truly clean battery-powered autos can take to the country's roadways.



[Source: Bloomberg]


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