China: Heavy Trucks Next Priority in Cleaning Up Transport

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Passenger vehicles in China are well advanced on the fast lane to decarbonization, with sales penetration of electric models now breaching the one-third mark, but the same cannot be said of the country’s diesel-guzzling freight transport vehicles. These cargo vehicles account for under 10% of China’s total auto population, but are responsible for a significant 65% of transport sector CO2 emissions, the official China Daily reported last week, citing industry experts who urged stronger measures to decarbonize the segment. For medium- and heavy-duty trucks, electric models have so far managed sales penetration of just 5% to 6%, the China Daily reports. It cites figures from the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, which calls for strengthened policy support to boost the rate to 20% by 2025.

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