The Chinese market for electric vehicles is the largest in the world and is quite rapidly developing, but the Chinese authorities are in no hurry, following the example of European and American colleagues, to set global goals to abandon the use of cars with internal combustion engines. Instead, they will test the concept as a pilot project on the example of Hainan Island, where sales of new ICE cars will be banned from the end of 2030.
According to the South China Morning Post, by the end of the decade, the total number of charging stations on the tropical Chinese island will exceed 75,000, which, given the limited area of \u200b\u200bthe resort, will mean that the distance between neighboring electric vehicle charging points will not exceed one and a half to three kilometers. A warm climate and a territory limited to 33,000 square kilometers make Hainan Island a suitable platform for experimenting with wholesale electrification of transport.
Already last year, active subsidizing of sales of electric vehicles by local authorities led to the fact that Hainan was second only to Shanghai with its 48% in terms of the share of such cars in the structure of sales in the primary market (42%). Already, all taxis and buses in Hainan move exclusively due to electric traction. Chinese automakers are taking an active part in covering the island with their charging stations. NIO, for example, plans to install 10,000 new charging stations and 1,000 traction battery express replacement points.
On the scale not only of Hainan Island, but of the whole of China, the transition of commercial vehicles to electric traction can present a certain problem, since business counts money, and due to the higher costs of frequent charging of electric vehicles, such migration does not provide a quick financial return. The authorities of Hainan expect that by 2030 the share of electric vehicles and hybrids among the cars operated on the island will be at least 45%.
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