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Sino-German deal to develop electric cars

GERMAN and Chinese scientists are joining hands to develop advanced electric cars for sale in the two countries.

A Sino-German electric automobile research center was launched in Shanghai today to develop new electric cars, one day after the country introduced a subsidy up to 60,000 yuan (US$ 8,783.4) for green car purchases in five major cities including Shanghai.

"China, now the world's largest car market, has set up plans to cut emissions from automobiles," Zhang Zhihong, deputy director of Hi-Tech Department under the Ministry of Science and Technology, said at the center's opening ceremony.

"The country will have 1 million electric cars by 2015," he said.

Despite the big output, China still lacks hi-tech technologies to develop new-energy vehicles and needs to cooperate with other countries, Zhang said.

The center based in Tongji University will feature cooperation between six German universities and four domestic universities and automobile enterprises on development of batteries, engines and other technology.

Wan Gang, Chinese Minister of the Science and Technology, and his German counterpart, Annette Schavan, Federal Minister of Education and Research, signed a memorandum of cooperation today.

"We will work on improving car batteries to make them last longer and become more stable," said Yu Zhuoping, director of the Tongji University's Automobile College.

The center will also work to improve the speed and safety of electric cars.

Shanghai has set up plans to build 400 electric auto charging stations at bus stops, parking lots and communities to help consumers charge their batteries and promote the use of green cars.


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