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Shanghai Chosen as Electric Car Pilot City

Shanghai Chosen as Electric Car Pilot City

In the recent Shanghai Daily article by Cai Chenyi and Jin Jing entitled “Shanghai chosen as electric car pilot city,” the authors discuss about how Shanghai has been coined as an Electric Car Pilot City. Shanghai is definitely cruising along the path of innovation and has recently introduced a fleet of electric vehicles, including plug-in hybrid ones. Does Shanghai’s mission to become the Electric Car City help in making China a global leader in innovation?

Recently, China announced that Shanghai would be the site of their pilot program aimed at developing electronic vehicles. The district of Jaiding, located in the northwest of Shanghai, has been selected as the zone for their revolutionary international demonstration of electric vehicles, including hybrids. Though ambitious, this desire to switch to alternative fuel is just one example of China’s growing innovative movement.

Wan Gang, the Technology and Science Minister, stated that Shanghai is a vital center of research and development, as well as manufacturing, and has developed indispensible experience in producing and developing innovative electric vehicle, some of which was gained last year during the Shanghai World Expo. Fei Xiaoshu, Jaiding District’s deputy director, states that this project plans to place more than ten thousand vehicles for utilization in the district, no later than 2012. She plans for at least six charging stations, a battery distribution station, and a charging station designated for public transportation to be in place by the end of the year.

The infrastructure will need to include thirteen thousand charging poles, fifteen charging stations, and two hydrogen refueling stations, all which will need to be installed by next year to cover key areas including Park and Ride stops, hotels, supermarkets, hospitals, schools, cinemas, and offices found in the Automobile City area of the Jaiding District.

The new electric vehicles will be available for trial by Jaiding’s citizens as soon as next month. Shanghai has plans to implement this program to Chongming County, Minhang District, Hongqiao, and Lingang New City. This expansion is expected to be completed by the end of 2012, and the transport areas would receive at least twenty-five thousand charging poles.

By the end of 2012, around twenty thousand electric vehicles are expected to be operational citywide. In the previous year, greater than one thousand new-energy vehicles were used on the site for the World Expo.

In this regard, the central government has decided to offer subsidies as high as sixty thousand yuan, the equivalent of a little more than nine thousand US dollars, on the price of the vehicles, and the city will offer additional grants.

Residing in Jaiding District are four manufacturers of green cars and ten R&D institutes for developing more Earth-friendly vehicles. Businesses focusing on parts for the new innovative vehicles are also blossoming in Jaiding.

Due to the rising fuel prices and the need to reduce emissions, China has found a great ambition to realize their electric vehicle goals. By 2012, Chinese officials are considering implementing at more than one-hundred fifty thousand new energy vehicles, including fuel cell, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid cars. By 2020, the government plans to have more than ten million of these energy-efficient vehicles in operation.

While China’s efforts towards becoming a truly innovative nation are clear, it is difficult to say how far such initiatives will help Chinese innovation. The results remain to be seen.

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The New Asia Innovation Team