BEIJING, April 19 Six electric vehicle
manufacturers, including Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile Co
, the Sino-Japanese joint venture, are once again
eligible to receive subsidies, China's Ministry of Industry and
Information Technology said in an announcement on Wednesday.
Other manufacturers included in the notice are SAIC Tangshan
Car Ltd, the maker of energy-saving buses, and China Youth Car
Group, according to a notice published on the Ministry's
China's central government has paid vehicle manufacturers
billions of yuan to subisidise sales of electric and plug-in
hybrid vehicles, aiming to cut urban air pollution and help
domestic companies overtake foreign rivals in further developing
electric vehicle technologies.
But some companies, mainly coach and bus makers, were found
to have used various methods to cheat the subsidy scheme,
including fabricating production and sales figures, selling cars
to their own leasing companies and seeking subsidies for
vehicles that did not meet minimum technical requirements.
Last month China's Finance Minister Xiao Jie said that the
government had recovered 2.3 billion yuan ($334 million) from
companies that cheated.
($1 = 6.8845 Chinese yuan renminbi)
(Reporting By Matthew Miller; Editing by Greg Mahlich)