The Chinese government’s announcement to introduce a quota for e-cars from as early as 2018 could mean a great deal of strain for German car makers, write Thomas Fromm and Christoph Giesen in Süddeutsche Zeitung. For example, Volkswagen currently sells around three million cars in China. The quota would then prescribe the “manufacturing of 60,000 e-cars”, Fromm and Giesen write, quoting the China Passenger Car Association’s chairman Cui Dongshu. The government’s plan has led to “tremendous concern” in the industry that making business in the world’s largest car market will become more cost-intensive, the authors write.
Read the article in German here.
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