As the Chinese government recently looked to ramp up production of electric vehicles in China and around the world, many experts believe this could finally be the answer to Chinese smog problems. This is an issue which has been ongoing for many years now and even the recent Olympic Games saw the government pushed to make serious concessions to ensure that the world saw the "best side" of China, and not the high-density smog which is not only impacting the environment but also the health of the population.
Electric vehicles in China
The Chinese government has finally made a major push for electric vehicles and indeed many believe the government has been behind various Chinese companies acquiring overseas assets in the sector. This would seem to make perfect sense when you bear in mind the ongoing issue of smog in China and the fact that no matter what the government tries the problem still prevails.
At a time when the worldwide electric vehicle market is certainly under pressure, mostly because of issues with regards to the worldwide economy, this extra push by the Chinese authorities will make a major difference. If the Chinese government is willing to incorporate electric vehicles into government transport policy, then this will ultimately spill over into the commercial markets and then outside of China.
Are other governments missing a trick?
Despite the fact that many governments around the world have paid lip service to the electric vehicle market, offering fairly limited and short-term financial incentives, it seems that the Chinese government sees this from a very different angle. Whether or not the Chinese authorities have a very different reason for push electric vehicles compared to their Western counterparts is potentially open to debate but the fact is that the electric vehicle market will change because of the Chinese influence.
Quote from ElectricForum.com "I just have a question about countries that get all (or most) of their electricity from coal (like Australia). What would be the environmental implications of getting millions of cars connected to the electricity network?"
The first country to grab a major share of the EV market, as has been shown in new markets in the past, will likely become one of the long-term market leaders and potentially create a very lucrative new business sector. The fact is that governments around the world, businesses around the world and even, to a lesser extent, consumers around the world have invested too much money in the electric vehicle market for it to fail.
One side issue which has become very topical over the last few weeks is the ongoing change in the worldwide climate, which was perfectly illustrated by a recent report on Australia. The Australian climate has been changing for 50 years now although over the last 20 years or so we have seen a significant increase in average temperatures. We have also seen a significant change in the extremes experienced by countries such as Australia from long hot summer periods to cyclones, hurricane's and everything else in between.
Historically, the Earth has always gone through various periods of increased temperature and reduced temperature and many believe this natural balancing system will kick in at some point. However if we can assist the Earth with potentially cooling down - or at worst reducing the rise in temperatures, then this will be very welcome in the longer term.