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Introduction During the Executive Meeting of the State Council[1] on 31 March 2020, the Chinese government has decided to extend the current purchasing subsidies and NEV purchase tax exemptions in order to stimulate vehicle consumption in China[2]. This came at a time, when the Chinese (and international) automotive industry is under immense pressure of downturn of production and sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular in the NEV industry. This article sheds light on the recent changes of the Chinese incentive policies for NEVs. The article gives an overview of the current market developments and the impact of the pandemic on the automotive and NEV industry in China, the measures taken by the Chinese government in order to stimulate car consumption. Pre-COVID-19: NEV incentive policies Against the background of energy security, electro-mobility is an important element of the Chinese government’s roadmap to promote climate-friendly and sustainable transport. China’s…