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Electric cars in China

Automakers rev up 'green' plans as China lifts sales goal to 25%

Beijing aims to boost ratio from the current 4%

A Volkswagen concept electric SUV on display at the Shanghai auto show in April. The carmaker has tripled production of new-energy vehicles year over year.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China is raising its 2025 nationwide sales target for "new-energy vehicles," giving carmakers eager to expand in the world's largest auto market further incentive to work on their zero-emissions offerings.

A proposal from the industry ministry on Tuesday calls for the category -- which includes electrics, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell autos -- to make up 25% of all new vehicles sold in 2025, up from just 4% in 2018. China two years ago set a target for 2025 of at least 20%.

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