China’s phenomenal economic growth in recent years is very obvious when analyzing the country’s car registrations.
According to the Xinhua news agency, quoted by Gasgoo.com, the amount of automobiles on Chinese roads increased 150 percent from 2005 to 2010. The agency cites a recent study from the Environmental Protection Bureau which says the total number of automobiles in China grew around 10 percent every year.
From 2005 to 2010, the number of vehicles on Chinese roads increased from 118 million to 190 million. Automobiles made up the majority of that growth, with the number in use increasing from 30.88 million to 77.21 million. Cars that conform with at least the Third National Standards for fuel emissions constituted 41.1 percent of that number, while those conforming only to Second and First National Standards made up 25.5 percent and 20.6 percent, respectively.
EPB spokesman Tao Detian said China’s efforts to fight automobile pollution have increased dramatically since 2005. He added the country has also made big steps towards eliminating lead and decreasing sulfur content in fossil fuels. He stressed that even though the number of vehicles increased 61 percent from 2005 to 2010, emission levels only rose 6.4 percent.