Shanghai (Gasgoo)- China and U.S. have established close partnership on electric vehicle field for a long time, and China welcomes American entrepreneurs as well as global EV makers to enter China, said Wan Gang, minister of China's Ministry of Science and Technology at a press conference on how to develop China into an innovative country.
"I knew Musk years ago. I had driven his first Roadster EV at around 2008, and he drove Tesla to our Ministry the first time he came to China." said Wan Gang.
Wan Gang stated that the Ministry of Science and Technology has started to implement EV special project since 2001. Thanks to the development of EVs, especially the support of core technologies, like battery, electric motor and electronic control, China saw large-scale popularity of EVs ten years later.
According to Wan Gang, sales of NEVs reached 777,000 units and the cumulative NEV parc totaled 1,600,000 units in China, taking up 50% of the global NEV sales and global NEV parc during 2017. China develop NEVs mainly to optimize energy structure, reduce the dependence on petrol, ease air pollution and develop intelligent driving, artificial intelligence, sharing technology to relax traffic congestion.
"China and the U.S. had established the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center. One of its goals is developing EV technologies, including the research on trucks. China welcomes American entrepreneurs to establish companies in China. The cooperation between China and the U.S. will not be limited to EV field." Wan Gang added.
Wan Gang also believed that Chinese and American scientists and entrepreneurs as well as both governments can build up a perfect communication system. The development of Chinese EVs plays a crucial role in the upgrading and transforming process of the global automobile industry.
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