The University of California, Davis, and the China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) have agreed to work together to establish the China-US ZEV Policy Lab, a research institution for US and Chinese ZEV/new energy vehicle policies. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) and China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) will co-chair the new entity’s advisory board.
The partners will cooperate in four specific areas:
- Policy research, including credit trading policy, fiscal subsidies policy, tax incentive policy and transportation incentive policy. The Policy Lab will also discuss the possibility of a global ZEV credit trading regime.
- Survey and evaluation, including user behavior surveys, charging habit surveys, market trend analysis and vehicle performance evaluation.
- Training of personnel. The partners will exchange visiting scholars, and will cooperate to provide training to personnel from Chinese government agencies, manufacturers, and academic institutions.
- Exchange of information. Both parties will regularly provide each other with information about updated regulations, standards and codes, new technology trends, new products and market sales volumes.
“Given the great importance the Chinese government now attaches to the development and commercialization of new energy vehicles, the establishment of the Policy Lab is extremely timely,” said Gang Li of NDRC. “As a platform for Sino-US exchanges and cooperation in the field of new energy vehicle policies, I believe that the Policy Lab will play an important role in promoting EV-related policy design and EV development in both countries.”
“This agreement is an important milestone in coordinating global efforts to accelerate clean vehicle commercialization,” said Daniel Sperling, Director of ITS-Davis. “CATARC’s important leadership in this area will allow the United States and China to promote best practices and policy initiatives that will bring new energy vehicles to market not only in China and the United States, but also around the world.”
“We have been working with China on air and climate issues under a unique MOU signed by Governor Jerry Brown and NDRC Vice Chairman Xie Zhenhua,” said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. “We commend China for its commitment to further reduce emissions by greatly expanding the purchase of battery electric and fuel-cell-powered vehicles.”