China is aggressively promoting the electric vehicle industry in a bid to become a leading car-making giant in the future. The country pushed that it will work to improve levels of standardisation in the industry. The country is also under pressure on the environment front amid heavy smog in the north of the country.
This year its standardisation efforts will focus on recharging, battery design and fuel consumption, the industry ministry said in a statement.
To become a global leader, China will promote its standards and benchmarks for electric vehicles in other countries, it said.
Beijing is seeking to engineer a dramatic shift away from conventional gasoline cars with strict production quotas for the so-called New Energy Vehicles (NEVs), prompting a flurry of deals as both foreign and domestic automakers race to ensure they do not fall short.
China has already drawn up more than 100 technological benchmarks relating to electric vehicles but lack of standardisation has been identified as one of the major challenges facing the sector. Some local governments have even set different requirements to restrict firms from other regions from accessing their markets.
Delegates to China's parliament said this month that the challenge in creating safe and cost-efficient automated recycling facilities is lack of standardisation on electric vehicles in the country. China is estimated to be left with an estimated 170,000 tonnes of ineffective EV batteries this year.