Changan breaks ground on 20 billion yuan EV plant in Nanjing
State-owned Changan Automobile Co. began construction on a major assembly plant for electric vehicles in the east China city of Nanjing to boost EV output.
The plant will mainly build electric crossovers, SUVs and sporty sedans.
The Chinese government is set to enact a carbon credit program in 2019 to push automakers to ramp up EV production.
Changan, the second-largest domestic Chinese carmaker following Geely Automobile Holdings, is now under regulatory pressure to boost EV output.
In 2017, the automaker delivered roughly 1,163,000 light vehicles, of which only 61,237 were EVs and plug-in hybrids. It has two electric sedans, one electric crossover and a plug-in hybrid sedan in its product lineup.
To meet the regulatory requirements, Changan plans to expand its electrified vehicle mix to include 21 EVs and 12 plug-in hybrids by 2025.
Changan, based in the southwest China municipality of Chongqing, also operates joint ventures with Ford Motor Co., Mazda Motor Corp., Suzuki Motor Corp. and PSA Peugeot Citroen.