IEA Upbeat About China's Role in Electric Car Development

International Energy Agency calls on countries to launch pilot programs for electric car demonstrations.

Published: 06-Oct-2010

PARIS -- China has great opportunities in its pursuit of environment-friendly electric vehicles by learning from and sharing other countries' experience, Nobuo Tanaka, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), said Friday.

"I have no doubt China is moving toward the direction of electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids, because this technology is new," Tanaka said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua after a two-day forum on the Electric Vehicles Initiative at the Paris Motor Show.

China faces great opportunities by setting up global standards for the future market, Tanaka said.


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