China has unveiled a comprehensive package worth 520 billion yuan ($72.3 billion) aimed at revitalizing the sales of electric vehicles (EVs) and other green cars over the next four years. The move comes as China’s auto market experiences a decline in demand, raising concerns about economic growth. The tax breaks announced by the Ministry of Finance aim to support the development of new energy vehicles (NEVs) and encourage their adoption in the world’s largest EV market.
China’s Ministry of Finance announced on Wednesday a significant package of tax breaks designed to bolster the sales of electric vehicles (EVs) and green cars. With a total value of 520 billion yuan, the incentives aim to combat the softening demand in China’s auto market and provide a boost to the country’s economic growth. Earlier this month, the commerce ministry recently unveiled a countrywide initiative aimed at encouraging car purchases.
Under the new policy, NEVs purchased in 2024 and 2025 will be exempt from purchase tax, which can amount to as much as 30,000 yuan per vehicle. This exemption will be halved for purchases made in 2026 and 2027. The extension of the tax breaks for another four years has surpassed market expectations, demonstrating the government’s commitment to supporting the green car industry.
China has been actively promoting NEVs in recent years to tackle air pollution, leading to the rise of domestic players such as Li Auto, NIO, and BYD. However, NEV sales faced challenges earlier this year following the discontinuation of a subsidy program for EV purchases that had been in place for over a decade. Despite this setback, the market rebounded as automakers, including Tesla, reduced prices to maintain market share, coupled with the extension of the purchase tax exemption.
The latest announcement further solidifies China’s commitment to NEV development. The tax breaks will encourage consumers to choose electric and clean-energy vehicles by making them more affordable. This move aligns with the government’s broader push to rekindle growth in the economy. The incentives will not only stimulate consumer demand but also drive the production and sales of NEVs, positively impacting the entire supply chain.
In addition to the tax breaks, China has been implementing various measures to support the EV industry. The Ministry of Commerce launched the “Green Cars Going Rural” campaign, aiming to promote EV adoption, particularly in rural areas. The government, along with other agencies, is also focusing on stabilizing car consumption and building charging infrastructure to address the challenges associated with EV adoption.
The extension of tax breaks for clean cars until the end of 2025, and further support until the end of 2027 for vehicles priced below 300,000 yuan ($41,700), reinforces China’s commitment to a greener transportation future. By incentivizing the purchase of NEVs, the government seeks to create a more sustainable and environmentally friendly automotive landscape while driving economic growth.