In an effort to raise awareness and support for electric vehicles in China, General Motors China has signed a memorandum of understanding with the China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC). The MOU gives CATARC the power to manage GM’s Chevy Volt demonstration fleet in Beijing for one year and to help organize workshops and seminars that will build support among decision makers and key stakeholders for vehicle electrification policy in China.
GM and CATARC will jointly be responsible for gathering feedback from the Chevy Volt fleet usage to better target discussions and actions to support new energy vehicle policy in China. The two partners will also study how real-world performance, charging and infrastructure for the Volt and other electric vehicles can address the varying needs of Chinese consumers.
“The Volt, with its cutting-edge and practical technologies, will provide information to assist us in preparing the Chinese market for future electrified vehicles,” stated CATARC Director Zhao Hang.
According to Ray Bierzynski, GM China executive director of Electrification Strategy, GM’s relationship with CATARC will provide GM access to top opinion leaders and policymakers. “It is important for us to offer those in key positions to affect policy an opportunity to experience firsthand our variety of electrification solutions for reducing the automotive industry’s dependence on petroleum,” he said.
China is among the initial markets to introduce the Volt following its launch in the United States.