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China plans more perks for owner of electric cars

China will roll out more benefits, including tax breaks, to promote the use of electric vehicles-especially among private consumers-as it seeks to cut down on pollution. 

Minister of Sciences and Technology Wan Gang announced preferential policies that could be expected, just a day after the State Council said the government would exempt purchase tax for newenergy vehicles. 

These include all electric cars, plug-in bybrids and fuelcell vehicles. 

China wants to boost the sales of electric vehicles and has set a target of having 500,000 on the road by next year. 

But the nation only has about 70,000 new-energy vehicles in operation-and more than half of these cars are public buses and taxis. 

More measures should be taken to encourage private users to buy electric vehicles, Wan said. 

"The State Council is putting electric vehicles high on its agenda because electric vehicles do not only save energy, but also avoid pollution," Wan said in a press briefing on the sidelines of the Sino-U.S.Strategic and Economic Dialogue this week." I believe very soon there will be more supportive policies for electric vehicles in the future," he said. 

More charging stations will be built in new residential compounds, Wand said. 

Officals from China and United States are engaging in intensive discussions on a wide range of issues over the two day dialogue that kicked off Wednesday. 

The Chinese Government said the country aimed to cut coal use by 22 million tons this year to cut energy intensity -a measure of the economy's energy efficiency-by 3.9 percent. 

It has also pushed local governments in key cities to cut down smog, which studies have shown is produced mostly by heavy industries and car emissions and traffic dust, among others. 

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