Automotive News   |   Automotive News Europe   |   Autoweek   |   Automobilwoche

Automotive News China Newsletter
Register our free newsletter, sent each Monday and Thursday

     Automakers   Suppliers   Auto Show   Comment   Car Cutaway   Newsletters   Press Releases   Chinese Version   Register for Newsletter
  Contact Us:   Editorial   Advertising   Subscription Information   |   About Us   Media Kit
Home Email this story   Print this story
Volvo CEO: China should seek automakers' input on EV rules
Hakan Samuelsson | 2017/10/13

At Volvo Cars, we believe electrification for car propulsion is the way forward. That is why we welcome the recent initiatives of the Chinese government promoting electric cars. 

In July, Volvo became the first established car company to embrace electrification as the core of its future business. We announced that starting in 2019, every new Volvo model launched will be a hybrid or 
fully electric car.

A shift towards electrified vehicles is one of the most significant contributions to mitigating climate change and creating cleaner air in cities.

But the path to this improved future will be difficult unless private and public sectors work together closely.

In Volvos home Nordic market, we have a long tradition of functioning relationships between public and private parties, enabling effective introduction of rules, regulations and infrastructure to support new technologies. We believe this model offers important lessons as we move forward towards a fossil-free future. 

Already the electric car market is developing at a swift pace, driven by stricter legislation, changing customer preferences and declining cost of electric technology components.

Today, there are more than 2 million fully electric or plug-in hybrids on global roads. Five years ago, there were almost none. By 2020 there may be as many as 20 million, a number that could rise to at least 40 million by 2025. 

A change of this size cannot be made without governments, regulators and the car industry working together to find a sensible timetable that combines ambition with economic reality and development of customer demand. A partnership between the public and private sectors is crucial for success.

We believe the following concrete measures should be taken:

  • Avoid regulations that hamper the development and sales of electrified cars, such as localization requirements;
  • Base legislation on emission level and not mandated technical solutions;
  • Support development of charging infrastructure;
  • Continue to offer incentives to secure a swift transition to electrified cars;
  • Encourage investments and funding to develop the next generation of electric vehicles.

The overall direction is clear. We are committed to a future that minimizes our carbon footprint, gives consumers the cars they want and contributes to cleaner air in our cities.

Related Stories
  • China's GSR Capital to invest in Swedish EV maker, open new battery plant
  •     --Published:2018/16/3
  • WM Motor, shrugging off trade tensions, open to U.S. IPO
  •     --Published:2018/16/3
  • EV, plug-in hybrid deliveries remain hot despite holiday
  •     --Published:2018/16/3
  • Daimler purchases 3.93% stake in BAIC's EV unit
  •     --Published:2018/9/3
  • Volvo deliveries continue rise on demand for locally built models
  •     --Published:2018/9/3
  • Polestar taps Volvo Asia manager as China president
  •     --Published:2018/6/3
  • SAIC, chipmaker Infineon form venture to make EV power modules in China
  •     --Published:2018/6/3
  • Consumers would shun EVs without incentives, survey says
  •     --Published:2018/2/3
  • Volvo launches investment fund for tech startups
  •     --Published:2018/2/3
  • Hong Kong, seeking more EVs, dangles incentives to scrap gas guzzlers
  •     --Published:2018/2/3
  • EV makers responsible for recycling batteries, Beijing says
  •     --Published:2018/27/2
  • Toyota cuts reliance on key rare earth metal to slash EV motor costs
  •     --Published:2018/23/2
  • Report: Dyson wants to build 3 EV models, considers output in China
  •     --Published:2018/20/2
  • China raises subsidies to reward longer-range electric cars
  •     --Published:2018/16/2

    Our Newsletter Editions
    Automotive News China produces two email newsletters each week. You can sort your news by the articles highlighted in each of our newsletters here.

    Select your newsletter     


    Automotive News China
    Room 1303, Building 2, Lane 99, South Hongcao Road,
    Shanghai 200233
    Telephone: 86-139-1851-5816
    Fax: 86-21-6495-0895
    Home | Help Center | About Us | RSS
    Entire contents © Crain Communications, Inc.
    Use of editorial content without permission is strictly prohibited. All Rights Reserved.