Will China Be First to Completely Abandon Combustion Engine Cars?


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China is engaged in a monumental top-down effort to promote the development of new-energy vehicles (NEVs)– plug-in hybrids, pure-battery electrics, and fuel-cell autos. While China leds the world in NEVs, they are less than 1% of all cars on the street. However, the Chinese government’s NEV policies, coupled with tax incentives, aim to push the number of NEV cars sold each year to 20% by 2025.

This February 21 event will examine China’s NEV initative. Feng An (Innovation Center for Energy and Technology, iCET) will cruise through China’s NEV roadmap, as well as the economic, environmental, and energy security implications of the initiative. Scott Kennedy (CSIS) sees systemic economic roadblacks that could lead the initiative to fall far short of its goals to phase out combsustion engine vehicles by 2050.

David Sandalow (Columbia University) –invited– will compare the electric vehicle (EV) charging policies, mrakets, and business models in the U.S. and China. Camron Gorguinpour (World Resources Institute) will highlight the global impact of China’s electric vehicle boom, and how other countries could gain insights from China’s green auto sector.

Moderator:
**Jennifer L. Turner, Director, China Environment Forum & Manager, Global Choke Point Initiative

Speakers:
**Feng An , President and Executive Director, Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (iCET)
**Scott Kennedy, Director of the Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business, Indiana University
**Camron Gorguinpour, Senior Global Manager for Electric Vehicles, World Resources Institute
**David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy and co-Director of the Energy and Environment Concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Location

Woodrow Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20004

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