Experiencing Electric Vehicles Driving Towards Clean Transport
On December 2nd, 2014, Energy Foundation China, the largest energy and environment policy foundation in China, celebrated its 15th anniversary in Beijing’s Diaoyutai State Guest House. Representatives of EFC’s key partners – Hewlett Foundation, Packard Foundation, ClimateWorks Foundation, and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation – joined the celebration together with over two hundred guests from the Chinese government, think tanks, academic institutes, and NGOs. To highlight the growing promise electric vehicles (EV), EF China organized a roundtable discussion on EV policy and a tour of Beijing Electric Vehicle Company.
Huiming Gong, Director of EF China’s Transportation Program moderated the EV roundtable discussion on December 2nd. Steve Chu, former U.S. Secretary of Energy, shared his insights on the state of EV and battery technology in the U.S. Zhixin Wu, Deputy Director of the China Automotive Technology and Research Center discussed the history and current challenges in new energy vehicle development in China. Yi Lin, Vice Chief Engineer of Beijing Automotive Group Co., Ltd., introduced the company’s EV business. Yufeng Zou, Deputy Manager-General of Tianjin Lishen Battery Joint-Stock Co., Ltd., talked about how Lishen’s batteries are being used in EV buses. After the talks, the speakers discussed EV technology, business models, and the efforts needed to advance EV with EFC’s funders and board members.
The following day, an EF China delegation visited the Beijing Electric Vehicle Company’s (BJEV) R&D and production base in south Beijing. Xiaojun Si, Deputy Manager-General of the company gave the delegation a guided tour through the EV exhibition hall, operation monitoring center, and assembly line. After the tour, the delegation and Mr. Si discussed EV development in Beijing.
EFC delegation at BJEV Monitoring Center for EV Operation EFC delegation meeting with BJEV
During EF China’s 15th anniversary celebration activities BJEV provided EF China with six electric Shenbao cars for guests to commute to meetings.
China’s EV industry is in its infancy and has a long way to go. EF China is providing support for education and analysis to help strengthen national policies and local pilots, with the goal of adding momentum to EV’s takeoff at this critical early stage. The EV events surrounding the 15th anniversary celebration helped EF China’s funders better understand EV development in China, helping to forge a stronger foundation for further collaboration and support for clean transport efforts.