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China's new energy vehicle output hits 8,368 units in 2011

Jan. 16, 2012 (China Knowledge) - China, the world's largest automobile market, produced 8,368 new energy vehicles and sold 8,159 such kinds of autos last year, according to statistics released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers or CAAM.

Both numbers are higher than their respective figures in 2010, sources reported.

In 2011, China manufactured 5,655 pure electric vehicles and only 2,713 hybrid vehicles were made. Meanwhile, sales for pure electric vehicles and hybrid models totaled 5,579 units and 2,580 units, respectively, last year.

Of the total new energy vehicle sales in China, 61% was derived from sedan sales and 28% from bus sales.

CAAM Executive Vice Chairman and Secretary General Yang Dong said the revised plan of energy-saving and new energy vehicles will be unveiled by the Chinese government soon.  

Liu Baicheng, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, noted that China will focus on energy-saving vehicles instead of new energy models, especially hydrogen-based vehicles, in the near future due to undeveloped technology worldwide. The U.S. has estimated that only 1 million hydrogen vehicles would be produced in North America in 2015.

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