"The last piece in this game against Peak Oil (or fading American domination connected to the control of Oil in the world) is to have secure supply of strategic commodities for this technological advance. Here China already controls 97% of market in Rare Earth Elements and now it is time to build up position in Lithium. If in the beginning of Lithium Bull last year mostly Japanese companies were very active in junior mining space where small companies are controlling resources, now more and more reports from the juniors suggesting that Chinese companies are on the road."
"This year we have quite a few warnings already about Peak Oil from main stream economists, universities, US military and government agencies all around the world. The question now is not if, but when is it going to happen.
We have time still, but it is running out very fast. After a certain point in oil price increase the only concern we are going to have about Electric Cars - their availibility on a mass scale to preserve our way of life and freedom.
"We expect consumers to shift - on a mass scale - from CVs to EVs, with proof that technology is viable and can provide the same utility but with a Better Experience. The Emotional Drive will be the driving force of this switch of consumer preferences."
"China to Invest Billions in Electric and Hybrid Cars. Nothing will be left to a chance in this methodical execution of state-level plan in China: transformation of the country's transportation system into the base of 21st century clean tech industrial revolution to further power its rise. China has already surpassed Japan as a second largest economy in the world and it is the largest auto market now."
City official reveals plans to produce 100,000 electric vehicles a year by 2012
Tom Young, BusinessGreen, 06 Sep 2010
China's position as one of the world's leading markets for electric vehicles (EVs) was underlined yesterday when government officials in Shanghai announced plans to invest 30bn yuan (£2.86bn) in the sector by 2012
According to reports in the China Daily newspaper, the city will build 25,000 charging stations for battery or hybrid power vehicles over the next two years.
Speaking at the International Forum on Chinese Automobile Industry Development in Tianjin, Wang Zhe, an official with Shanghai's new energy automobile promotion office, said the city was aiming to establish itself as one of the world's largest hubs for EVs.
"With government support in purchasing, R&D and infrastructure, Shanghai will be able to produce 100,000 new energy vehicles every year, including 60,000 passenger vehicles by 2012," he said. "About 20,000 of them will be for private use."
The city is also applying to the National Development and Reform Commission for additional subsidies for private buyers of other alternative energy vehicles.
The news came as state-backed news agency Xinhua reported last week that auto sales in China jumped 55.7 per cent year on year to 1.22 million units in August thanks to a new subsidy scheme for energy-saving vehicles.
The government announced a trial scheme in June which offers subsidies of up to 60,000 yuan for hybrid and electric cars in five cities, including Shanghai, as part of efforts to reduce emissions and kick-start the development of green technology.
Last year China's auto sales hit 13.64 million units, overtaking the US for the first time to become the world's largest auto market and both domestic and foreign manufacturers are moving fast to capture market share in the nascent but fast-growing electric car and hybrid sector.
For example, French car maker PSA Peugeot Citroen announced over the weekend it is on track to build a third car plant with Dongfeng Motor Group in China and will look to take advantage of the new subsidies.
Meanwhile, Nissan announced on Saturday that it was open to a green car alliance
with Chinese auto makers, while GM has also announced firm plans to launch its electric model the Chevy Volt next year in China.