China is poised to extend incentives for EV purchases as part of broader efforts to shake off a sluggish post-pandemic period.
The foundation for China’s economic recovery is not yet solid, the nation’s state radio reported late Friday, citing a State Council meeting chaired by Premier Li Qiang. China will therefore extend and optimize new-energy vehicle purchase tax exemptions, the report said, without giving more detail.
People familiar with the matter said earlier on Friday an extension was being considered for some low- or zero-emission cars for another four years. One of those measures may be extending the purchase tax break for EVs and plug-in hybrids that cost less than 300,000 yuan ($42,400), one of the people said, asking not to be identified because the details are private.
Vehicles that cost more than that amount are broadly classed as luxury vehicles in China, so a move that makes it easier for people to buy more affordable EVs would boost the nation’s EV adoption rate and further its goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2060.
China has been promoting its EV industry for more than a decade with generous incentives to consumers and subsidies to automakers. Buyers received discounts of as much as 60,000 yuan at one point for purchasing EVs, but those ended in 2022.
While new cars generally are subject to a 10 percent purchase levy, this has not applied to new-energy vehicles since 2014 and was recently extended through the end of 2023.