China's technology roadmap: Targets for energy-saving and new energy vehicles in 2030

EVs, PHVs to account for up to 50% of vehicle sales; focusing on lightweight material development



  The Chinese Society of Automotive Engineers (hereafter referred to as SAE China) released a "Technology Roadmap for Energy-Saving and New Energy Vehicles" for China in October 2016. This roadmap was drafted by roughly 500 experts affiliated with the SAE China over the course of a year, and indicates the direction of energy saving and new energy vehicles (NEVs) in the Chinese automotive industry until 2030.

  This technology roadmap is the newest comprehensive guideline for energy-saving vehicles and NEVs and takes into account China’s "Made in China 2025" initiative, its policy for becoming a manufacturing powerhouse. The drafting of the roadmap was consigned to experts affiliated with the SAE China by the National Manufacturing Strategy Advisory Committee (NMSAC) and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

  The NMSAC is responsible for determining the general structure, strategy, and expertise required for China to make the change from being a manufacturing power to a superpower. The head of the National Manufacturing Superpower Construction Guidance Group, which handles the committee’s specific policies and measures, is Vice Premier Ma Kai.

    The roadmap consists of the following seven regions.
  1. Energy-saving vehicles (HVs and internal combustion engine vehicles)
  2. EVs and PHVs
  3. Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs)
  4. Intelligent and connected cars
  5. Drive battery technology
  6. Lightweight technology
  7. Automobile manufacturing technology

* This report is based on the SAE China’s document "Technology Roadmap for Energy-Saving and New Energy Vehicles."

Roadmap for the popularization of energy-saving vehicles and NEVs, and intelligent and connected cars until 2030

2015 (performance) 2020 2025 2030
Chinese production and sales (units per year) 24.66 million (Sales) 30 million 30 million 30 million
Percentage of energy-saving vehicles - 30% 40% 50%
Percentage of new energy vehicles 1.35% 7%-10% 15%-20% 40%-50%
Fuel cell vehicles (units) - 5 thousand 50 thousand 1 million
Intelligent and connected cars
(Installation rate in new vehicles of autonomous
driving technology that has been introduced)
- Driving assist and partial autonomous driving:
High Automation:
Full Automation:
(Source: Created based on SAE China’s Technology Roadmap for Energy-Saving and New Energy Vehicles, various reports, and MarkLines data.)

  Energy-saving vehicles (passenger vehicles): Automobiles that feature internal combustion engines as the primary power system, and exceed next-generation fuel consumption standards in comprehensive fuel economy. Low carbon vehicles such as HVs and alternate fuels including natural gas fall under this category.

  New Energy Vehicles: EVs, PHVs, and FCVs. Lead acid battery vehicles are not included.

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