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This is how China’s National Engineering Laboratory for EVs tracks the number of NEVs on the road. (Picture: NEL-EV)

New energy vehicles drove 26 billion miles in China in 2019

China now has nearly 4 million NEVs on the road, although electric car sales have been slowing

This article originally appeared on ABACUS
In 2019, new energy vehicles (NEV) drove 41.7 billion kilometers (25.9 billion miles) in China. The numbers were made public by the National Big Data Alliance of New Energy Vehicles (NDANEV) using statistics from the National Engineering Laboratory for Electric Vehicles (NEL-EV), Beijing News reported. This is a 270% jump from 2018.

China has invested big in the NEV industry, which includes electric, hydrogen-fueled, and hybrid cars. The country became known for its large subsidies to carmakers to meet green car quotas. The subsidies have recently faced deep cuts, but they helped give rise to a large local NEV industry and attracted global players like Tesla.

The NEL-EV, which operates under the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), announced last week that its National Monitoring and Management Platform now counts more than 3 million NEVs. Although sales of cars have been slowing in China, the Ministry of Public Security says the total number of NEVs has reached 3.81 million.

The monitoring platform is the largest system for tracking electric vehicles in the world, according to director Professor Wang Zhenpo. The terminal’s main task is to track the safety of NEVs, but it also helps determine subsidy amounts for carmakers and gathers other useful data.

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