VW hopes for more time for e-car quota in China
Following China’s announcement that it will introduce a quota for e-cars as early as 2018, VW has expressed confidence “that the legal framework will comprehend the necessary lead time” for manufacturers to adapt to the regulation, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports. Beijing gave carmakers an opportunity to comment on the plans for the quota, which would necessitate a massive rise in production of e-cars for most manufacturers. China’s plans had sparked criticism from carmakers for ignoring the need for a transitional period, and from politicians for erecting barriers for foreign companies.
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