China to have 200 million vehicles by 2020

Sep 06, 2010
Traffic backs up in the central business district in Beijing in August 2010. The number of vehicles on China's roads will more than double to at least 200 million by 2020, a top official was quoted Monday as saying, further straining the nation's environment and energy supply.

The number of vehicles on China's roads will more than double to at least 200 million by 2020, a top official was quoted Monday as saying, further straining the nation's environment and energy supply.

China must make it a top priority to develop fuel-efficient and cars, the China Securities Journal said, citing Wang Fuchang, vice minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

China's auto sales hit 13.64 million units last year, overtaking the United States as the world's top , while sales this year are forecast to hit 15 million units.

As of the end of 2009, there were 76.2 million vehicles in the country, according to government figures.

China's auto sales have slowed in recent months, partially due to seasonal factors, but August saw a surprising 55.7 percent year on year jump, boosted by Beijing's new subsidies for energy-saving vehicles.

The surging car use has brought mounting concerns over pollution, soaring , and traffic gridlock.

A top official with the country's environment minister, Liu Ziquan, was quoted Monday as saying vehicle exhausts had overtaken other major sources as the top cause of air pollution in cities.

Road congestion has also worsened, highlighted by a recurring traffic jam dozens of kilometres (miles) long on a major highway leading into Beijing from the northwest.

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2.3 / 5 (6) Sep 06, 2010
China could become very successful, if it will not repeat the mistakes of the West.
not rated yet Sep 07, 2010
The reason behind the massice traffic jam was the lack of a railroad to a coal mine.The Chinese invested in high speed railroads which would connect cities for businessmen.After this traffic jam,much more emphasis will be placed on freight railroads,and probably far more light freight rail or trolley cars for cities.
They need only to see what happened in other Asian cities to know automobiles are not the answer.
If they combine rail travel with electric trucks for distribution,they can really cut down on their horrible smog problems.
2.5 / 5 (4) Sep 07, 2010
I think it's all going to end in tears for China. The growth is unsustainable. They are going to bust harder than the Great Depression, and they'll take most of the rest of us down with them.
5 / 5 (2) Sep 07, 2010
Curious, this article does not mention if these 'vehicles' will be moving or stationary.
1 / 5 (1) Sep 07, 2010
China to have 200 million vehicles by 2020

With one car for every 10 people; a whole lot of HOV lanes.
1 / 5 (1) Sep 07, 2010
China could become very successful, if it will not repeat the mistakes of the West.

The West is, and has been, for a century, two centuries!, more successful, than the rest of the world, for all of its history . . .

This has to do with the British Empire spreading the English language and the, now ignored, downplayed or ridiculed, fact of American exceptionalism.
not rated yet Sep 07, 2010

Just what are they going to fuel them with. Oil will be $15/gal by then in today's $. NG will have hit peak and so will have coal. China has less than 30 yrs of coal so it's only going to be nuke, RE, hydro. A whole lot of walking will be going on!!

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