A view of CATL's headquarters in Ningde, East China's Fujian Province. (Photo: VCG)
HAIKOU, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Sino-German Forum on Cooperation and Development of New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) was held Monday in Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province.
As part of the 2nd World New Energy Vehicle Congress (WNEVC 2020) held in the city between Sept. 27-30, the forum was attended by government officials, representatives of automakers and suppliers in the NEV industry, as well as experts from universities and research institutes.
Wan Gang, chairman of the China Association for Science and Technology and WNEVC president, said as the biggest NEV markets in the world and in Europe, respectively, China and Germany have seen cooperation in the field of electric vehicles grow from processing and manufacturing to joint R&D and production, brand building, marketing and sales, among others along the whole industrial chain.
"The year 2020 marks the 10th year of Sino-German cooperation on NEVs, and we're looking forward to strengthening joint efforts to promote the transformation, innovation and upgrade of the industry at this new historic starting point," Wan said.
The automotive industry in both Germany and China has been committed to pressing ahead with e-mobility, said Hildegard Muller, president of the German Association of the Automotive Industry, in her address to the forum via video link, noting that environment protection, a growing scarcity of fossil fuels and an increased need for mobility require new solutions and alternative propulsion systems.
Participants at the forum reviewed the achievements of Sino-German cooperation in the last decade since the two countries forged a strategic partnership on NEVs in June 2011, and discussed the future of cooperation on e-mobility.