Zhang Jinhua: China's New Energy Vehicles Still Have Much Room For Improvement

- Jan 03, 2020-

In recent years, the country has been encouraging the development of new energy vehicles, and new policies have been introduced. However, in the view of Zhang Jinhua, executive vice chairman and secretary general of the Chinese Society of Automotive Engineers, after so many years of development, progress has been made. Compared with Japan and rising star Korea, the gap is still very obvious. Zhang Jinhua said in an interview with the media that the individual strength of Chinese independent brands is very weak, and the innovative research and development model is also scattered. They are all on their own, and everyone should jointly develop a purely electric-powered platform, and then do industrialization and product development. Differential development, so that it is possible to achieve better results with limited funds.


For the development of new energy vehicles, there was a slogan to overtake the curve before. However, the reality is that not only did we fail to achieve overtaking, we were afraid that we would not work harder and we would become laggards in the near future.


The following is the interview record:


Reporter: At the China-Korea Automobile Forum today, you talked a lot about our gaps in new energy. How do you think China can fill this gap as soon as possible?


Zhang Jinhua: There are indeed many places to learn from learning from South Korea. The automobile industry itself has a lot to learn. The Korean market is not big, but it has now become a very competitive automotive industry country in the world.


In terms of new energy vehicles, I personally think that the Korean battery may be basically at the same level as Japan and belong to the international first-class. From the technical level to the industrial capacity and industrial competitiveness, it is basically ahead. The government has also given relatively large support to research and development, not only single batteries, but also fuel. South Korea's fuel cells are also at the international level. The gap between China and the international community is now obvious.


It should be said that the challenge to catch up is very large. The first one is to be comprehensive. Increase investment in all aspects, including government investment and enterprise-level investment. Our government's investment in new energy vehicles counts the innovative projects at the end of last year. The government's investment is 8 to 10 billion yuan. This is the total government investment in new energy vehicles for more than a decade. South Korea has invested about 500 million US dollars in fuel cells alone, and the US invested 2 billion U.S. dollars in power batteries in 2009. This gap is very obvious. On the one hand, we have less investment and relatively scattered investment.


Secondly, we still need to innovate the research and development model. I personally think that our current research and development is a bit scattered and single-handed. The country should conduct industrial guidance and be able to relatively centrally develop key common technologies. Basic and theoretical, including this evaluation method, there is cooperation between large international companies on purely electric-powered platforms, and our Chinese independent brand has a single strength, which should be combined to develop a purely electric-powered platform. , And then do industrialization and differentiated product development, so that it is possible to achieve better results with limited funds.