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In the January 11, 2006 issue of USA Today, Malcolm Bricklin is quoted as saying that "the government just put $279 million into helping Chinese automakers develop gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles."

Though the sum is paltry, that's good news.

But the bad news is pointed out by a Toyota executive vice president who bemoans the poor reception of the Prius in China:

"There's no incentive, monetary or social" (to driving a hybrid vehicle), said Yoshimi Inaba, Toyota's top executive in China, during an interview at the Beijing auto show.

The Chinese consumer is currently motivated largely by status, prestige, face, convenience, etc. but that needs to change. The government can and should find ways to be creative in providing the kind of incentives that can promote alternative energy vehicles. It needs to go beyond just the "863 Plan" of hybrid vehicle development.

Chang'an, BYD, Geely Maple, Dongfeng, Tongji University and others are already taking the initiative in developing Chinese hybrid vehicles.
 

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dragin said:
In the January 11, 2006 issue of USA Today, Malcolm Bricklin is quoted as saying that "the government just put $279 million into helping Chinese automakers develop gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles."

Though the sum is paltry, that's good news.

But the bad news is pointed out by a Toyota executive vice president who bemoans the poor reception of the Prius in China:

"There's no incentive, monetary or social" (to driving a hybrid vehicle), said Yoshimi Inaba, Toyota's top executive in China, during an interview at the Beijing auto show.

The Chinese consumer is currently motivated largely by status, prestige, face, convenience, etc. but that needs to change. The government can and should find ways to be creative in providing the kind of incentives that can promote alternative energy vehicles. It needs to go beyond just the "863 Plan" of hybrid vehicle development.

Chang'an, BYD, Geely Maple, Dongfeng, Tongji University and others are already taking the initiative in developing Chinese hybrid vehicles.
lets hope china is a leader in energy efficient cars...and this issue regarding environment is in most nations with the exception of like switzerland and norway where they give major incentives
 

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Real_I_Hate_China said:
The last thing Chinese consumers care about is pollution and safety of product.

aybe the old generation, but society is evolving and become more aware/educated and conscoious
 

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Real_I_Hate_China said:
The last thing Chinese consumers care about is pollution and safety of product.
exactly, and to develop clean and safety engineering costs money££:confused: i have seen programmes on BBC about china, the environmental issues, where farmers fight with govt troops and all that.
 

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god_bless_japan said:
exactly, and to develop clean and safety engineering costs money££:confused: i have seen programmes on BBC about china, the environmental issues, where farmers fight with govt troops and all that.
Not only Chinese domestic enterprises but also foreign companies are poluting China's envirenment.

In the 90s, a lot foreign polution-heavy industries were transfered to China and with the new environment concern policy released recently, they were forced to move.
 
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