Recently, a YouTuber alleged that Chinese automakers are over-producing to get government subsidies and boost sales figures. The initial allegations stemmed from drone footage of a “new tram cemetery” near Hangzhou in China’s Zhejiang province.
Automotive Journalist Mark Rainford inside china auto Went to the site to verify the information and found that there were several discrepancies in the information posted by the YouTuber.
YouTuber says there are about 10,000 Leader V electric cars lying around waiting to be “scrapped”. But Rainford’s investigation found only 146. There are other brands on many of the cars in this parking lot, and not all of them are electric.
Lots of cars here, but not the equivalent of 10,000 electric cars, as the YouTuber said – Photo: Inside China Auto
According to journalist Rainsford, these cars are also not new, as the seats are upholstered, the floor is carpeted and the trash (like water cans) is still inside. In addition, many cars also have very obvious scratches, which shows that they have been used.
Of course, some newer cars aren’t excluded either, because in Sterzel’s video, the interior of some cars is still plastic. But not in the alarming numbers that the YouTuber said.
There are not many new cars, most of them have been used for 5-6 years. This can be proven by looking at aftermarket accessories, rubbish in the car and the many signs of wear and tear caused by use – photo: Inside China Auto
In addition, there are a lot of electric vehicles BAIC BJEV EC3. It is a small electric hatchback mainly used for car rental/sharing purposes. It is a service where customers can find, digitally unlock and use a rental electric vehicle with an app.
These service providers often don’t last long, because the initial cost is very high, the practicality is not very good (not everyone has a driver’s license, it can be slow compared to public cars, taxis due to problems) . Parking question…) . This explains why so many electric cars are abandoned.
The presence of many vehicles such as Toyota, Hyundai, Geely and Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroen can be seen. According to Rainford, there are some decommissioned taxis, with unregistered vehicles waiting to be sold – Photo: Inside China Auto
No matter what industry, no matter how developed, it is difficult to avoid a portion of businesses going bankrupt or making products that do not perform as expected. But some bankrupt companies have never been able to “speak” for the entire industry. Especially when it’s a car rental/sharing company that doesn’t manufacture the cars.