The policy of Harbin was put in place in order to implement guidelines issued from the central government on the promotion of New Energy Vehicles (NEVs). The policy note echoes the provisions of the central government guidelines, which include:
- subsidies for the end-user
- subsidies for the manufacturer
- strategy to expand charging infrastructure.
A key element are the additional subsidies provided to end-users purchasing NEVs in the ratio of 2:1 (central:local), with the total amount of central and local subsidies not exceeded 60% of the vehicle sales price.
Also noteworthy are additional provisions requiring NEVs to be suitable for winter operation in Harbin.