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China to push for greater electric car standardization in 2018

China's industry ministry said the country plans to increase standardization in its electric vehicle industry, focusing on recharging, battery design and fuel consumption in 2018, Reuters reported.

China will also actively promote overseas its own standards and benchmarks for electric and plug-in electric vehicles as it aims to become a global leader by taking advantage of economies of scale, the industry ministry added.

Parliamentary delegates said earlier in March that China has created more than 100 technological benchmarks for electric vehicles but a lack of standardization has made it difficult to create safe and cost-efficient automated recycling facilities. China will have to handle an estimated 170,000 tonnes of spent electric vehicle batteries in 2018, Reuters reported.

China's standardization push has been hampered by local governments setting different requirements to restrict firms from other regions from accessing their markets. It also comes amid Beijing's push to move away from conventional cars, combat smog in Chinese cities, and position the country as a future leader in car manufacturing, the news agency said.

To accelerate the shift to electric cars, China has imposed strict production quotas for so-called new energy vehicles, or NEVs, prompting a flurry of deals as foreign and domestic automakers race to meet the quotas. Some 777,000 NEVs were sold in China in 2017, up 53% on the year and representing the most sold in any country, with Beijing aiming to raise annual sales to 2 million units by 2020, Reuters added.