China passes plan to boost new energy vehicle industry


China on Friday passed a development plan for the country's new energy vehicle (NEV) industry to foster new growth areas of green development, according to a statement issued after a State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang. 

The plan is to meet new demands from green consumption and give full play to the decisive role of the market in resource allocation and guiding an orderly development of the industry. 

It also underlined efforts to tackle vital technologies, consolidate the construction of infrastructure including charging facilities, and strengthen international cooperation in this field, as well as ramp up policies to facilitate the use of NEVs in the public service sector. 

Starting from 2021, at least 80 percent of public transportation, taxi and logistics vehicles in the national ecological civilization pilot zones in Fujian, Jiangxi, Guizhou and Hainan should be new energy vehicles. 

(With inputs from Xinhua)