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Focus:Green Energy Cars development far exceeds that of the United States
- Aug 27, 2018 -

Many in the auto industry believe Green Energy Cars will gain significant momentum in 2017, and not only in the north American market.

At the annual auto show in Detroit in January, an auto industry executive said that China and Europe's increasingly stringent emissions regulations, leaving global auto makers and consumers with few options other than plug-in cars, had spurred a rapid increase in investment.

"The electrification of cars is an irreversible trend," said Jacques ashenbois, chief executive of Valeo, a car-parts supplier.Valeo, whose sales have grown 50% in the past five years, is committed to Green Energy Cars, hybrids, connected cars and autonomous vehicles.

In Europe, greener cars have access to ever-increasing subsidies, tax breaks and other benefits, while internal-combustion cars face increasing obstacles, including driving and parking restrictions.

China is also aggressively promoting Green Energy Cars as its big cities face catastrophic pollution.China's "carrot and stick" policy includes tens of billions of dollars in investment and research and development funding and subsidies, as well as regulatory measures to control the driving of fossil fuel vehicles in big cities.

But in the United States, the future path of Green Energy Cars may face more obstacles.

Regulators in California and several other states are taking the lead in promoting state-level regulations that increase the quota for Green Energy Cars or "zero emissions" vehicles.

But the number of plug-in car registrations in the us fell in 2015, and the market share of pure Green Energy Cars fell further to 0.37 per cent in 2016 as cheap fuel prices drove demand for high-mileage sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks.

Us president-elect Donald trump has promised to reduce environmental and climate regulations.Even before the Obama administration formally enforces fuel-economy targets for 2025 in January, groups that speak for traditional automakers have asked trump to review them.

In addition, automakers have asked trump to enact a national set of greenhouse gas emissions governance regulations that would trigger legal challenges to electric vehicle quotas in California and other states that represent separate standards.

Auto industry executives attending the Detroit auto show don't think the sluggish growth of Green Energy Cars in the U.S. will ease pressure on electric vehicle sales, as China and Europe steadily push policies to expand electric vehicle sales.

So it is for this reason that Ford will continue to push ahead with its previously announced plans to spend $4.5 billion on plug-in cars by 2020, Ford CEO mark fields said earlier in January.

"The auto industry is changing and infrastructure has started to be built everywhere, so we think the number of electrified vehicles will surpass that of gasoline-powered vehicles in the next 15 years," Mr Fields said.At the same time, he announced that ford would invest $700 million in fort lauderloch, mich., to make battery-powered suvs and other plug-in cars.

Industry executives say they need more help from the government to drive the transition to Green Energy Cars.

In China, Europe and the United States, automakers are calling for more new infrastructure funding to be used to build public electric vehicle charging networks.

Electric car makers in the United States are calling on the government to continue offering $7,500 in federal tax breaks for consumers who buy purely Green Energy Cars.Even if trump plans to eliminate the subsidy, it will take some time for congress to act.

"There's no question that the world is moving toward electrification," said Mary Nichols, President of the CaliforniaAir Resources Board, outside the show.She noted that all automakers are currently investing in electric models for all product lines.She said the focus of the controversy was "" timing, not targeting." "

China's electric-vehicle market has cast a shadow over the Detroit auto show, and judging by the plug-in hybrids and Green Energy Cars displayed by automakers at the show, it may be hard to make a dent in the U.S. market in the future.

IHS Automotive forecasts that shipments of plug-in cars in China will reach 1m by 2019, four years ahead of the us.China's car sales jumped fourfold in 2015, up 55 per cent last year, to 348,000 vehicles, compared with 138,000 in the us.

"The future of Green Energy Cars is in China, not the United States," Gerard ditobert, head of the renault-nissan low-cost plug-in development division, said recently.The biggest difference between the two countries is that China has to act.