A parade of new energy vehicles takes place in Rugao in 2018. [Photo provided to en.nantong.gov.cn]
Rugao has been promoting the national strategic layout of developing the new energy automobile industry, and implementing the strategy of "innovation driven and characteristic development" since 2009. The government has taken the new energy automobile industry as the city's leading industry.
In 2019, Rugao's new energy automobile industry had a capacity of 310,000 vehicles, with an industrial output value of over 32 billion yuan ($4.59 billion) and taxable sales of 28 billion yuan, up 35 percent year-on-year.
It initially established the only industrial cluster in the domestic new-energy automobile industry that integrates cargo vehicles, large and medium-sized buses, passenger vehicles and special vehicles, and developed hybrid, pure electric and fuel cells power systems at the same time.
Rugao is committed to building China's most competitive energy-saving and new energy vehicle production base, and a modern automotive ecological industry city in the Yangtze River Delta region.