Chinese ministries trial local made e-vehicles

Eleven government agencies in China have started using domestic electric cars as official business vehicles to promote green energy and showcase locally made eco-vehicles.

Eleven government agencies in China have started using domestically made electric cars as official business vehicles to promote green energy and showcase local eco-vehicle technology.

Citing the Chinese Government Offices Administration of the State Council, a Xinhua report Wedesday said the 23 eco-vehicles were provided by Shenzhen-based BYD and Hefei-based JAC Motors and will undergo a one-year trial in 11 central government agencies including the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Culture and the National Development and Reform Commission.

The report added that China Potevio will provide battery charge and repair services and that all the departments involved have been equipped with charging facitilies.

Shang Xiaoting, deputy head of the administration, said the trial allows central government agencies to reduce its emissions output and promote green energy, while showcasing the development of eco-vehicles in the country.

Xinhua noted that the Chinese government released a plan in July to boost the country's electric vehicle industry with a goal of producing 500,000 electric and hybrid cars by 2015.

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