The smog of Shanghai as viewed from the Oriental Pearl Tower

Wang Fuchang, director of China's Department of Equipment Industry, delivered a speech at the 2010 International Forum on the Development of the Chinese Automotive Industry held on September 5th. Fuchang's message was quite clear: China's growing automotive population will lead to serious energy security and environmental issues. That is, it will if the nation can't pull together and quickly develop a plan of action. English People's Daily Online reports that Fuchang's serious tone was evident throughout the speech, including in his opening remarks, in which he outlined China's potential problems, stating:
It is estimated that automobile ownership in China will exceed 200 million in 2020, causing serious energy security and environmental issues. Striving to promote the energy efficiency of traditional automobiles and the industrialization of alternative-energy automobiles has become an urgent issue that the Chinese auto industry must address.
To address possible environmental issues, Fuchang suggests that the nation embraces energy-efficient automobiles and adheres to these guidelines:
  • Developing energy-efficient and alternative-energy automobiles are both significant and either of them cannot be neglected.
  • The relationship between independent development and opening up and international cooperation should be handled properly.
  • The relationship between correct guidance and the role of market forces should be handled well.
  • The relationship between industry cultivation and supporting infrastructure improvement should be handled properly.
Within ten years' time, Fuchang believes that China's auto industry will reach the objectives outlined below:
  • The country should master the core technology for energy-efficient and new-energy cars and the overall technologies for these cars should meet high international standards.
  • A fairly complete new-energy car industrial system should be developed and some internationally competitive auto manufacturers and key parts suppliers should be established.
  • The sales of pure electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles should increase by a large margin.
  • Fuel economy should reach high international standards.
Fuchang firmly believes that China will use all of its might to reach the objectives listed above. China is expected to provide consumers with additional incentives for purchasing fuel-efficient vehicles and will force encourage automakers to increase development and production of new-energy vehicles. Additionally, China will alter perfect laws and regulations to promote widespread adoption of fuel-efficient vehicles. When faced with rising environmental concerns, it appears quite obvious that China's government will take immediate action, regardless of cost or consequence.

[Source: English People's Daily Online | Image: woggle -–C.C. License 2.0]

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