China's new energy vehicles staged "speed and passion" (International Forum)

  Our reporter Yan Yu

  The latest data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers show that from January to April this year, China's new energy vehicle production and sales volume exceeded 700,000, a year-on-year increase of 2.6 times and 2.5 times respectively.

Among them, in April, China's new energy vehicle production and sales completed 216,000 and 206,000 respectively, an increase of 1.6 times and 1.8 times year-on-year, continuing to refresh the historical record of the month.

  New energy vehicles include hybrid vehicles, pure electric vehicles, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

The rapid development of China's new energy vehicles has attracted wide attention from foreign media.

According to foreign media, China leads the world in the field of new energy vehicles.

Tech giants join R&D

  Weilai Automobile announced plans to expand its network of switching stations and charging stations to underserved areas in northern China; start-up Xiaopeng Motors demonstrated its lidar autopilot function; BAIC Group's high-end brand Jihu teamed up with Huawei to launch its first sedan Alpha S... At the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition (hereinafter referred to as "Shanghai Auto Show") held a few days ago, many new energy models launched by Chinese manufacturers and a series of new news released have become the focus of foreign media.

  The British "Financial Times" stated that the goal of these Chinese manufacturers is to become one of China's best-selling electric vehicle brands.

The report cited the results of the latest polls as saying that domestic brands are becoming more and more popular among young Chinese consumers, who are more willing to buy domestic cars, while industry-leading Chinese car companies such as Geely, Weilai and Xiaopeng are using their technology , To attract the interest of consumers.

  Bloomberg pointed out that electric vehicles and smart driving technology are undoubtedly important themes of the Shanghai Auto Show. From start-ups to the most prestigious automakers, everyone is investing in cleaner transportation.

  Many foreign media have also noticed that in addition to car companies, many Chinese technology companies are also aggressively entering the field of electric vehicles.

  Japan's "Asahi Shimbun" reported that due to the continuous progress in research and development of new technologies such as autonomous driving, Chinese technology companies have participated in the development of electric vehicles, and the electric vehicle market has entered an era of great competition.

For example, although Huawei does not produce its own-brand cars, it has demonstrated an autonomous driving platform; Baidu hopes to produce electric cars through cooperation with Zhejiang Geely Holding Group; smartphone giant Xiaomi announced that it will spend 10 billion in the next 10 years U.S. dollars, involved in the manufacture of electric vehicles.

  The Japan Times bluntly stated that China is becoming the first real test ground for the ambitions of technology giants to build cars.

From Huawei to Baidu, China's major technology giants have invested tens of billions of dollars in electric vehicles and autonomous driving, which are regarded as the future trend of transportation.

Compared with the car-building plans of foreign technology companies such as Apple, the scale and speed of actions of Chinese technology giants is even better.

The report pointed out that the appeal of the electric car industry is that as sensors and operating systems become popular in cars, cars far away from internal combustion engines become more and more high-tech, more like a computer.

The broad prospects of autonomous driving technology have also triggered people's endless reveries about its application.

Huge market full of opportunities

  What attracts the attention of foreign media is not only China's new energy vehicle technology, but also a vast market full of potential.

  Korean media recently reported that according to statistics, the number of new energy vehicles sold in China in March exceeded 200,000, which accounted for more than 10% of all vehicle sales.

The report quoted industry insiders as saying that this is similar to the situation where the sales of smart phones exceeded 10% of the total sales of mobile phones in 2010. The proportion of new energy vehicles exceeding 10% is a turning point in the market and is of great significance.

  The German News Agency reported that many experts estimate that the Chinese auto market will grow by 6% or more this year, and the growth of electric vehicles will be particularly strong.

  "Financial Times" pointed out that in the past year, the electric vehicle industry has matured.

In this context, Chinese car companies have successively introduced new technologies and new models aimed at attracting young consumers, which will also help China achieve its goal of reaching 20% ​​of the total sales of new energy vehicles and new vehicles by 2025. %about.

  The newspaper pointed out that the main factor driving the growth of China's electric vehicle market today has gradually shifted from government subsidies for small cars to consumers' desire to buy larger and more expensive cars.

According to survey data released in March, more than half of potential Chinese customers who are interested in buying cars in the next six months said they would choose domestic brands.

  The booming new energy vehicle market in China has also attracted the attention of more and more overseas companies.

  "The Asahi Shimbun" reported that China is the world's largest automobile market and the largest market for sales of new energy vehicles such as pure electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles.

With the gradual recovery of China's economy, major auto companies are racing to showcase new models centered on electric vehicles on platforms such as the Shanghai Auto Show to gain more shares in the Chinese market.

  "The fastest-growing Chinese market in the world is full of new opportunities and challenges." South Korea’s East Asia Sports Network recently quoted a person in charge of Hyundai and Kia Motors Group as saying that the group is ready to increase local R&D and expansion in the Chinese market Four major strategies, including the production line of electric vehicles, the official launch of the hydrogen fuel cell business, and the strengthening of brand image, are to seize the coming future automobile era.

Chinese car companies accelerate their "going to sea"

  Against the background of accelerating the evolution of global technological innovation, increasing calls for energy conservation and emission reduction, and the imminent response to climate change, new energy vehicles have gradually become the general trend of the global automotive market.

In addition to cultivating the domestic market, China's new energy vehicles are also accelerating their "going overseas."

  According to Japanese media reports, China’s exports of pure electric vehicles to Japan have grown rapidly. In the first three months of this year, Japan imported 879 pure electric vehicles from China, a 9-fold increase from 96 in the same period last year, and imports increased 48-fold. , Reaching 2.949 billion yen.

  "Sales surpassed Tesla, and the best-selling and most affordable electric cars in the EU are here." Nikkei reported that with this ad slogan, more and more began to appear on the stone roads in Lithuania, a Baltic coastal country. A small electric car produced by China's SAIC-GM-Wuling.

The company cooperates with local companies, with Wuling providing technology and parts, and local companies assembling.

  The report quoted analysts as saying that China's electric vehicles have strong comprehensive competitiveness in terms of price, design and quality, and are likely to succeed overseas.

Especially driven by the wave of decarbonization, China's electric vehicles may spread all over the world, ushering in its own spring.

  "Chinese brands are accelerating their entry into the European market!" German News TV also believes that after smart phones, Chinese brands are expected to get together into Europe in the field of electric vehicles.

  The analysis believes that China has put forward efforts to achieve the goal of carbon neutrality by 2060, and has put forward higher requirements for energy supply and energy consumption.

Experts pointed out that the decarbonization of the energy system depends on the energy storage of new energy vehicles, which is the next goal of new energy vehicles.

  Spain’s EFE noted that the “Energy-saving and New Energy Vehicle Technology Roadmap 2.0” report released by the Chinese Society of Automotive Engineers shows that by 2035, the new energy vehicle market will account for more than 50%.

The report pointed out that the roadmap proposed by the Chinese Society of Automotive Engineers can play a role in boosting China's automobile energy conservation and emission reduction.

  The German "China Platform" website recently reported that battery storage is an important part of achieving China's climate goals. In order to achieve the goal, relevant Chinese authorities are planning to advance the technology research and development of battery storage systems to inject sufficient power into new energy vehicles.