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Economic Watch: NEVs gaining popularity among China's young generation

2021-8-3 16:11


NANNING, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Tan Boqian, a resident of Liuzhou City in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is the latest advocate of electric vehicles.

"I bought it in March and drive it to work every day. The journey is about 20 km, and the electric vehicle makes it very economical and eco-friendly," said the 32-year-old, adding that the battery range of his car is 120 km.

Tan's car, the Hongguang Mini EV, is an all-electric microcar manufactured by SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW), a joint venture between SAIC Motor, General Motors, and Liuzhou Wuling Motors.

In recent years, as a major production base of SGMW and an important industrial city in Guangxi, Liuzhou has rolled out a series of measures to boost its auto industry and make it a model city in embracing new energy.

Fang Hua, deputy director of the local development and reform commission, said Liuzhou's infrastructure for NEVs has significantly improved in recent years.

"More than 15,000 parking places for electric cars have been planned across the city, through better use of public spaces in business areas and the interspace between roadside green belts," Fang said.

Leveraging on a sound policy and a mature manufacturing industry, NEVs are gaining popularity in Liuzhou. As of April, the number of NEVs in the city reached 92,700 units, and about one in four vehicles running on the roads in Liuzhou is electric-powered.

"It is very convenient to park and charge the NEVs. We can simply open an app to search and find a parking spot nearby," Tan said.

"Young people need an affordable car for commuting while some families need it as an auxiliary tool for daily commutes. NEVs are also well-received as more cities opt for smart transportation and green economy," said Xu Bing, director of the planning department of SGMW.

China, the world's biggest car market, has seen a rising market enthusiasm for eco-friendly cars amid increasing public awareness of environmental protection and government push.

Sales of NEVs in China more than doubled in the first half of the year as production and demand continued to recover, data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers showed.

Total NEV sales hiked 201.5 percent year on year to reach over 1.2 million in the January-June period, equal to total sales in 2019, and the NEV market penetration rate also increased from 5.4 percent at the beginning of the year to 9.4 percent for the first half of the year.

Young people, especially, are driving the trend to embrace NEVs. "Many of my peers and 20-somethings prefer to purchase NEVs and some personalize their car to make it more adorable," said Tan.

"When I bought my car, I immediately put a lovely cartoon sticker on it so that I can spot it on the street right away," Tan grinned.

As a leading NEV manufacturer in Liuzhou, SGMW's sales of small NEVs have exceeded 460,000 units since 2017. Sales growth continued to buck up in H1 this year, with 189,644 units of small NEVs having been sold, exceeding its annual sales last year, according to the company.

Among the Hongguang Mini EV owners, the post-90s generation accounted for 72 percent, and 60 percent were female. They are also the key force driving new growth in businesses such as vehicle refitting and paint jobs.

Liuzhou's air quality has remarkably improved thanks to continuous efforts in promoting clean energy and NEVs. Last year, the ratio of good air days in its urban areas was 96.7 percent, up 5.2 percentage points year on year, official data show.

"We are striving to further promote the use of new energy in the public transposition sector and explore new business patterns to further expand its application," Fang said.

南宁,8月3日(新华社)——中国南部广西壮族自治区柳州市居民谭伯谦是电动汽车的最新支持者。


“我三月份买的,每天开着它去上班。这个旅程大约是20公里,电动汽车使它非常经济和环保,”32岁的他说,并补充说,他的汽车的电池续航是120公里。


谭军的车,红光迷你电动车,是由上汽通用五菱(SGMW)生产的全电动微型汽车。上汽通用五菱是上汽通用五菱的合资企业。


近年来,作为上汽通用五菱的主要生产基地和广西重要工业城市,柳州出台了一系列促进汽车产业发展的措施,打造新能源示范城市。


柳州发改委副主任方华表示,柳州的新能源汽车基础设施近年来有了显著改善。


方说:“通过更好地利用商业区域的公共空间和路边绿化带之间的空间,整个城市规划了超过1.5万个电动汽车停车位。”


得益于良好的政策和成熟的制造业,新能源汽车在柳州越来越受欢迎。截至今年4月,柳州的新能源汽车数量达到9.27万辆,柳州上路行驶的车辆中约有四分之一是电动的。


“新能源汽车的停车和充电非常方便。我们只需打开一个应用程序,搜索并找到附近的停车位。”


“年轻人需要买得起的车上下班,而一些家庭需要它作为日常通勤的辅助工具。随着越来越多的城市选择智能交通和绿色经济,新能源汽车也很受欢迎。”


中国是世界上最大的汽车市场,随着公众环保意识的提高和政府的推动,市场对环保汽车的热情日益高涨。


中国汽车工业协会(China Association of Automobile Manufacturers)的数据显示,随着生产和需求持续复苏,今年上半年中国新能源汽车销量增长逾一倍。


内华达州销售总量同比提高201.5%在1 - 6月期间达到超过120万,相当于2019年总销售额,内华达州市场普及率也在今年年初从5.4%上升到9.4%今年上半年。


尤其是年轻人正在推动新能源汽车的普及。“我的许多同龄人和20多岁的年轻人更喜欢购买新能源汽车,一些人还对他们的车进行了个性化设计,让它变得更可爱,”谭说。


谭笑着说:“当我买了我的车,我立刻在上面贴了一个可爱的卡通贴纸,这样我在街上就能马上认出它。”


作为柳州领先的新能源汽车制造商,上汽通用五菱自2017年以来的小型新能源汽车销量已超过46万辆。该公司表示,今年上半年销量继续增长,小型新能源汽车的销量为189,644辆,超过了去年的年销量。


在鸿光Mini EV车主中,90后占72%,其中60%为女性。它们也是推动汽车改装和喷漆等行业新增长的关键力量。


柳州持续大力推广清洁能源和新能源汽车,空气质量明显改善。官方数据显示,去年,中国城市地区的良好空气天数比例为96.7%,同比上升5.2个百分点。


方说:“我们正在努力进一步推动新能源在公共交通领域的使用,并探索新的商业模式,以进一步扩大其应用。”

来自: xinhua