The numerous problems of environmental pollution and immense growth of Chinese vehicle fleet are forcing the Chinese government to take serious actions and introduce some serious restrictions. It’s not a secret that China is the most polluted country on the planet with almost 40% of all carbon dioxide emissions of the world taking place here. There are hundreds of new roads built every week, to make it clear how intense and serious the pollution problem is, such amount of roads is built in Russia in a year.
Chinese authorities have approved new fuel consumption norms this week. According to these new restriction norms, by the end of 2015 the average fuel consumption for passengers cars should be 6.6 liters/ 100 km and by the end of 2020 – 5 liters/ 100 km.
According to analytics, these new standards will make life extremely difficult for small local producers in the first place because they will be forced to use fuel-efficient engines and invest all of their revenues in the development of hybrid technologies.
According to the last year’s statistics, 10 out of 71 Chinese auto manufacturing companies that are registered in the Local Association of Car Manufacturers could not sell a single vehicle. As the “Reuters” agency states, the previous fuel consumption norms in China were 7.8 liters / 100 km in 2009 and 8.2 liters / 100 km in 2008.
Li Keqiang, the new Prime Minister of China said in his last week’s interview that the government intends to fight the unbelievable pollution that is taking place in the country. According to Chinese authorities, the car fleet of the country today consists of almost 240 of million vehicles, 120 of which are the passenger’s cars. The overall sales in the auto market have increased by 20% for the first two months of 2013. These 20% made 2.84 million of vehicles that were added to the Chinese auto fleet.
If there is a time to start taking actions and change the current situation, it is now. Otherwise it may be too late and the country will transform into a huge factory with no conditions for people to live.