China approves fuel-consumption limits

  • 28-Mar-2013 12:07 EDT

China, through its Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, on March 20 approved corporate average fuel-consumption regulations for passenger cars through 2020, with the target of 6.9 L/100 km in 2015 and 5.0 L/100 km in the final year. In keeping with its overarching goal of encouraging the production and sale of vehicles employing advanced fuel-saving technologies, the government will reward automakers in the form of discounted fuel-consumption values for selling fuel-cell, full-electric, and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles. The calculations for all vehicles apply in the same manner to those built inside and outside China. The new regulations go into effect May 1, 2013, and apply to calendar years, not model years. Currently, average passenger car fuel consumption is set at 7.8 L/100 km.

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