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Upgraded battery measures for NEVs

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is said to be formulating technology standards to address the performance flaws in new-energy vehicles at low temperatures.

The ministry has organized panels of industry professionals to discuss the problem, encourage automakers to enhance after-sales services and cater to consumer demands, according to MIIT spokesperson Huang Libin.

The compromised performance of batteries at low temperatures has become a concern for NEV owners, including reduced battery capacity and driving range. During the recent cold spell in Shanghai and low temperatures in northern Chinese cities, the problem has become more prominent.

NEV sales are increasing with the help of government support and rising consumer demand. Sales in China rose 10.9 percent year on year to 1.37 million units in 2020. Last December, sales of green cars jumped 49.5 percent year on year to 248,000 units.

The ministry released three key measures yesterday to address the battery issue.

Automotive firms should improve after-sales services and offer a quicker reaction to problems. Industry organizations will offer guidance on correct use of NEVs.

Secondly, auto manufacturers and battery manufacturers will increase technological research, improve the low-temperature performance of electric vehicles and enhance the user experience.

Lastly, the ministry said it will conduct research and create relevant technical standards, accelerate the application of the China Automotive Testing Cycle, which is a China-specific driving cycle that could more accurately reflect the energy consumption of electric vehicles, clarify the performance and technical requirements of NEVs at low temperatures, strengthen vehicle access for consumers and increase inspections of production consistency.


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