New policies being considered for electric cars

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A charging station of Vinfast. Việt Nam will study policies for electric car development in line with the global trend. — Photo vov.vn

HÀ NỘI — Deputy Prime Lê Văn Thành has asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade to study policies to promote the development of the domestic automobile industry, in line with the growing global trend towards electric cars.

The request was to response to the proposal of the Việt Nam Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (VAMA).

VAMA said that Việt Nam needed to have an automobile industry strategy in line with the growing global trend toward electric cars that contributes to Việt Nam’s commitment to net-zero carbon emission at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).

Accordingly, VAMA proposed an electric car development programme to be raised together with a roadmap to convert from fossil-fuel cars to electric cars and an action plan to implement COP26 commitments.

VAMA also proposed policies to be raised for promoting the development of the part-supply sector for the automobile industry.

Statistics of the Industry Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade showed that there were about 40 companies operating in manufacturing and assembling automobiles as of the end of 2020 with a total designed capacity of 755,000 units per year.

Of them, foreign-invested firms accounted for 35 per cent.

Some domestic firms managed to participate in the global automobile production chain, the department said. However, Việt Nam’s auto industry was largely dependent on the production assignment of big manufacturers.

Electric car prices remain higher than in other countries in the region.

Except for VinFast, no domestic manufacturers had seriously invested in developing electric cars, to date.

VinFast previously said that it would stop producing fuel cars by the end of 2022 and increase the development of electric cars in the domestic market, the US and the European markets.

According to Phạm Tuấn Anh, deputy director of the Industry Department, electric cars were not very popular in Việt Nam.

Statistics showed that there were around 600 hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric cars in Việt Nam as of the end of the first quarter of 2021 – all were imported.

The development of electric cars would depend on three major pillars, including the legal framework, support policies from the Government and promotion measures. — VNS

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