China could pass US in electric-car market, expert says

China, the world’s largest new-car market, is expected to surpass the United States to become the world’s largest market for electric vehicles with its dramatically increased sales since the second half of 2014, according to an expert at the University of California-Davis. China’s sales of electric vehicles, including pure battery electric and plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), grew fourfold, from 19,713 in 2013 to 84,900 in 2014, thanks to the new and strengthened policies in the country, said Yunshi Wang, co-director of the U.S.-China Zero Emission Vehicle Policy Lab at UC-Davis. “From the data of last December and January this year, the sales of PEVs in China have surpassed that of the US,” he said. “I expect the annual sales in China are likely to leapfrog the US this year.”

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