Personal Cars and China

Personal Cars and China

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This collaborative study between the NRC and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) addresses the problems facing China in the next twenty years as it attempts to provide personal transport desired by millions of Chinese, while preserving the environment and the livability of its cities. According to Song Jian, president of the CAE, the decision has already been taken to produce a moderate cost family car in China, which will greatly increase the number of vehicles on the roads. This study explores the issues confronting the country, including health issues, the challenge to urban areas, particularly the growing number of megacities, environmental protection, infrastructure requirements, and technological options for Chinese vehicles. It draws on the experience of the United States and other countries and review model approaches to urban transportation and land use planning. Recommendations and policy choices for China are described in detail.economy target of 80 mpg by 2004 is the hybrid-electric power train powered by a CIDI engine. ... company efforts such as Toyota and then Hondaa#39;s commercialization of hybrid electric cars and Daimler-Benza#39;s enhanced fuel cell program. ... As noted earlier, the National Research Council evaluation suggests that the shortcoming stemmed from the initial schedule and design of the program (NRC, 2001).

Title:Personal Cars and China
Author:National Research Council, Policy and Global Affairs, Committee on the Future of Personal Transport Vehicles in China, National Academy of Engineering,Chinese Academy of Engineering
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2003-02-05


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