​Electrification, intelligence and shared mobility transforming global auto industry

By Yuan Fang
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Opening ceremony of the World New Energy Vehicle Congress in Boao, Hainan province on July 2. [Photo by Yuan Fang/China.org.cn]

Electrification, intelligence and shared mobility are transforming the global auto industry with a speed, depth and breadth never seen in over a century, said an official who spoke at Boao in South China's island province of Hainan on Tuesday. 

Wan Gang, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and president of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), made the remarks in his keynote speech at the World New Energy Vehicle Congress (WNEVC) which ran from July 1 to 3. 

The auto industry has been one of the main industries for many countries over the past century, but with the widespread use of internal combustion engine vehicles, problems such as an over-dependence on oil, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and traffic jams have emerged. Together they have placed huge pressures on the industry, compelling it to seek energy-saving, low-emission, low-carbon, high-safety-performance, high-convenience-performance and high-efficiency growth, said Wan, who is also president of WNEVC. 

Speaking on the area of electrification, Wan said decarbonization, hydrogenation, cleanness and high efficiency represent the trends in the development of energy technology. He added that electricity and hydrogen, both clean and effective energy carriers with multiple sources of supply, can lead to the development of more vehicles that are independent of fossil fuels. 

Wan described new energy vehicles (NEV) as a sign of the auto industry's transformation. NEV sales have exceeded 2.14 million units in the world's major markets in 2018, of which 1.26 million were sold in China. This accounted for 4.5 percent of China's new car sales in the same year. 

In the area of intelligence, Wan said it is transforming the way vehicles are produced and operated. 

The transformation in vehicle operation is demonstrated by intelligent connectivity and autonomous drive. R&D and production are also being transformed through smart manufacturing and the industrial internet, Wan explained, adding that future intelligence will also include interaction with smart cities, transport and energy. 

He predicted China's intelligent connectivity and autonomous vehicle technologies will experience rapid development in the next few years as supporting technologies such as 5G, Beidou Navigation Satellite System, sensors and intelligent transport continue to mature. 

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