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.

Explore further: Pollution top concern for U.S. and Canadian citizens around Great Lakes

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Beijing vehicles exceed four million: state media

Dec 19, 2009

The number of registered vehicles in Beijing topped four million this week, state media reported, meaning a quarter of the 16 million permanent residents in China's capital have a car.

Automakers go 'green' in Beijing

Apr 28, 2010

Dozens of carmakers are showing off "green" vehicles at the Beijing Auto Show as they position themselves for a hoped-for alternative-energy boom in the world's biggest auto market.

China to subsidise purchases of green vehicles

Jun 01, 2010

China said Tuesday it would subsidise purchases of alternative energy vehicles in five cities amid efforts to reduce emissions, save energy and spur the development of green technology.

China to invest 15 billion dollars in green cars

Aug 04, 2010

China plans to invest more than 100 billion yuan (14.8 billion dollars) over the next decade to boost the development of energy-saving vehicles, state media reported Wednesday.

China's nine-day traffic jam stretches 100km

Aug 23, 2010

Thousands of vehicles were bogged down Monday in a more than 100-kilometre (62-mile) traffic jam leading to Beijing that has lasted nine days and highlights China's growing road congestion woes.

Recommended for you

Obama launches measures to support solar energy in US

Apr 17, 2014

The White House Thursday announced a series of measures aimed at increasing solar energy production in the United States, particularly by encouraging the installation of solar panels in public spaces.

Tailored approach key to cookstove uptake

Apr 17, 2014

Worldwide, programs aiming to give safe, efficient cooking stoves to people in developing countries haven't had complete success—and local research has looked into why.

Wireless power transfer achieved at five-meter distance

Apr 17, 2014

The way electronic devices receive their power has changed tremendously over the past few decades, from wired to non-wired. Users today enjoy all kinds of wireless electronic gadgets including cell phones, ...

User comments : 7

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Xaero
2.3 / 5 (6) Sep 06, 2010
China could become very successful, if it will not repeat the mistakes of the West.
tarheelchief
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.
nuge
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.
rgwalther
5 / 5 (2) Sep 07, 2010
Curious, this article does not mention if these 'vehicles' will be moving or stationary.
Shootist
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.
Shootist
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.
jerryd
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!!

More news stories

LinkedIn membership hits 300 million

The career-focused social network LinkedIn announced Friday it has 300 million members, with more than half the total outside the United States.