Surge in rural NEV sales


Sales of new-energy vehicles in rural areas have exceeded 180,000 units in the past four months amid government policies to boost the industry, according to data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

In July, the ministry announced preferential measures for NEVs in rural areas that would last until December to boost sales and the rural revitalization strategy.

The ministry said it held five promotional events for rural residents, achieving positive results in Qingdao, Shandong Province; Nanjing, Jiangsu Province; Haikou, Hainan Province; Chengdu, Sichuan Province; and Kunming; Yunnan Province.

According to latest data from the China Passenger Car Association, retail sales of new-energy passenger vehicles in China totalled 169,000 units in November, up 136.5 percent year-on-year. Retail sales of new-energy passenger vehicles from January to November reached 903,000 units, a year-on-year increase of 2.7 percent.

The government did not give consumers car purchase subsidies directly.

Automobile companies took the initiative to host promotions and cooperate with local government financial subsidies as well as other policies to carry out related activities.