Hainan province in China has introduced measures to help speed up electric vehicle growth in the region this year.
Hainan province in southern China aims to increase adoption of new energy vehicles by accelerating the construction of battery charging infrastructure in the region, the local government said on 8 May.
Under the new energy vehicle (also known as electric vehicles or EV) promotion plan for 2017, the government aims to add 4,960 EV in the province. Furthermore, 60% of the exiting vehicles in the public transportation fleet must be replaced by EVs. At least half of all additional or replacement vehicles used for the purposes of sanitation, logistic, postal service, tourism, airport transfer and public organisations must be replaced by EV.
In order to achieve the set objectives, the government will roll out three measures.
Firstly, the government will accelerate the construction of battery charging infrastructures in the province, ensuring the installations of EV charging points in government and enterprise units, public transportation stations, tourists' sightseeing locations, commercial centers, highway service stations, petrol stations, car parks and residential areas.
Secondly, the government will complete work on the 2016 subsidy in order to plan for the new central state funding required for 2017. In additional, Hainan province will also strengthen the management of the subsidy fund through the development of an electronic system.
Finally, the province will also develop a regulatory system to manage the EV industry, including setting up platforms to ensure vehicle safety, the monitoring of charging point operations, and the standardisation of post EV-sale services. The government will also introduce an electricity tariff for EV and the standardisation of all charging points.
The measures above are part of China's environmental drive to boost EV use in the country to combat air pollution. Beijing has also handed out subsidies to help provinces' switch to more EV, which led to a global lithium-ion battery boom over the past few years.