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Press Conference:
Official announcement of World New Energy Vehicle Congress (WNEVC 2019)


Beijing, 9 April 2019 – The press conference of the World New Energy Vehicle Congress (WNEVC 2019) was held by the China Association for Science and Technology in Beijing, during which the Organizing Committee briefed the WNEVC preparation and progresses.

Approved by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, WNEVC 2019 will take place from July 1 to 3 in Boao, Hainan Province. The three-day event is expected to bring over 1,200 delegates from around the world, including domestic and foreign government officials, industry experts and scholars, and global business leaders.

Scene of the Press Conference of WNEVC 2019


On April 9, 2019, the press conference of the “World New Energy Vehicle Congress 2019” (Chinese name: 2019世界新能源汽车大会, hereinafter referred to as WNEVC) was held by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) in the China Hall of Science and Technology.

Mr. Guo Zhe (Director of the Research and Publicity Department of CAST), Mr. Zhang Jinhua (Executive Vice Chairman and Secretary General of SAE-China, and Secretary General of the Organizing Committee of WNEVC), and Mr. Lin Min (Deputy Director General of Hainan Provincial Department of Industry and Information Technology) attended the press conference.

Approved by the State Council, WNEVC 2019 will take place in Boao, Hainan Province from July 1 to 3, 2019. Hosted by CAST and Hainan Provincial People’s Government, the Congress - in the theme of “New Era, New Revolution and New Industry” - will highlight the integrated development of electrification, intelligence, and shared mobility. It will focus on the integrated development of automobiles, energies, transport, and information and communication, along with the application scenarios of smart cities, which will play a leading role in the future new energy vehicle (NEV) development in China and globally.

It is expected that over 1,200 delegates from around the world, including domestic and foreign government officials, industry experts and scholars, and global business leaders, will attend the Congress.

WNEVC 2019’s four significant aspects:

It is an important demonstration platform for China to fulfill its commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change and publicize its achievements in low-carbon and green development to the world. With China’s development of NEVs, its determination and actions in addressing global energy and environmental issues, as well as its efforts and outcomes as a responsible power country in addressing common global challenges and constructing the human community of destiny are reflected, enhancing China’s international image and status.

It is an important cooperation platform for China to gather global innovation resources and promote high-quality development of industries. At present, as the product technologies of new energy vehicles are not yet mature, especially the breakthrough of the next generation technology is still in its “embryo stage”, the performance and quality of new energy vehicles need to be further improved. The industrial chain of new energy vehicles is still relatively weak, and the international competitiveness of key links needs to be further enhanced. The infrastructure for such links as charging and hydrogenation is not perfect and has not formed a mature and sustainable commercial operation model. There is still a long way to go from improving the quality of product technology to that of the industrial development. Therefore, China is in urgent need to carry out wide and high-level global cooperation to jointly solve the challenges faced by the sustainable development of new energy vehicle industry. On the other hand, under the complex situation of the rise of global trade protectionism, the holding of the world congress reflects China’s attitude of further opening up, promoting cooperation through opening up and promoting development through cooperation.

      It is an important communication platform for China to explore cross-industry integration and lead industrial transformation and upgrading. The next wave of technological revolution is underway, represented by low-carbon energies, new materials, artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge technologies, which is having significant, far-reaching impact on the global economic and social development, thus the original product technology, industrial form and business model are undergoing significant changes. In this context, the automobile industry is at a tipping point of transformation and upgrading, toward a new era of electrification, intelligence, connectivity and shared mobility. To achieve this grand goal, China needs, in addition to global intelligence and more importantly, to have its voice heard globally and enhance its influence in major technical directions and in the choice of development paths.

      It serves as a catalytic agent and booster that fits the strategic positioning of Hainan’s development for serving the industrial transformation and upgrading of Hainan, and promoting the high-quality development of local economy and society. Taking this Congress as an opportunity, the attention of the global vehicle industry is attracted to Hainan, and global automobile technological and industry elites are gathered in Hainan to jointly learn the development blueprint and seek the development path of Hainan’s new energy vehicle industry, playing an important promoting role in implementing the plan of Hainan’s new energy vehicle industry and realizing the ambitious goal of taking the lead in electrification.

At the Press Conference, Zhang Jinhua emphasized that the new wave of technological revolution is underway - represented by new energies, novel materials and artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge technologies, which will have significant, far-reaching impact on today’s global economy and social development.At this tipping point of the global automotive industry’s transformation and upgrading,the integrated development of electrification, intelligence, and connection and shared mobility is increasingly prominent. As a critical breakthrough for China to pursue the strategic deployments including implementing innovation-driven development strategy, promoting the supply-side structural reform, and advancing the transition between new and old growth drivers, NEV, a guiding industry motivating the interactive development of new industries, new business forms and new economies, has also been an industry of strategic importance to foster new competitiveness in the near future. China will continue to accelerate the development of NEV industry. Early this year, China has officially launched the planning and research on NEV industry for ushering in 2035, which have confirmed the general objective, direction and approach of the industrial development in the next 15 years, and explicitly blueprinted the industry.

For the contents and latest progress of WNEVC 2019, Zhang Jinhua said that the Congress has rich contents and diversified forms, which include three main sessions (i.e., Conference and Summits, Advanced Technologies Exhibition & Experience, and Technologies Award. Details) as follows:

Conference and Summits:including one plenary session, nine summits, two parallel sessions, one closed-door session and one internal meeting. The event will discuss topics such as the energy revolution, environmental protection, and the green and innovative development and transformation and upgrading of automobile industry, cutting-edge technologies and development trend of NEV, and the cross-industry new integration trend of NEVs.

So far our confirmed key speakers include: (Alphabetical order)

  • Christian Zinglersen,Head of Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat (CEM)

  • Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management and CEO, Volkswagen Group

  • H.C. Shin, President of LG Chem

  • Huai Jinpeng, Party Secretary of CAST, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • Hubertus Troska, Chairman and CEO of Daimler Greater China Ltd.

  • Jochen Goller, President & CEO of BMW Group Region China

  • Klaus Frohlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG with responsibility for Development

  • Lee HyukJoonGeneral Manager of Hyundai Motor Group (China) Ltd.

  • Li Jun, Chairman of China SAE, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering

  • Ouyang Minggao, Executive Vice President of China EV100, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • Sakamoto Hideyuki, President of Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, Inc., Executive Vice President of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

  • Shen Xiaoming, Deputy secretary of Hainan Provincial Party Committee, the Provincial Governor and Secretary of Party Committee

  • Wan Gang, Vice chairman of the CPPCC national committee, President of the CAST, President of WNEVC

  • Zhang Jinhua, Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of China SAE, Secretary-General of WNEVC

  • Zhao Fuquan, Professor of Department of Automotive Engineering, Tsinghua University, President of FISITA

  • Zhu Huarong, President, Changan Automobile

Cutting-edge Technology Exhibition & Test Drive: Domestic and foreign OEMs, emerging automotive technology enterprises, and components manufacturers / suppliers will be invited to demonstrate cutting-edge NEV technologies within the exhibition space of 5,000 m2 outside the venue, where meanwhile will come with the Showcase of the 13th Five-Year NEV Innovations, as well as experiential activities including tech demo and driving test. Domestic and foreign finished vehicles enterprises, components manufacturers and related suppliers are actively engaging in the event registration.

Two Awards: WNEVC will organize the Global NEV Cutting-edge and Innovative Technologies Awards to accurately reflect the world’s latest NEV development on innovative technology application and cutting-edge technology research. The award results will be released worldwide during the Congress. At present, the expert nomination for WNEVC Science and Technology Committee, public proposal collection and media recommendation are fully underway.

The World New Energy Vehicle Congress (WNEVC), an important event of CAST to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, serves as a strategic step to bridge Hainan with the world. The congress pooling global wisdom and emphasizing industry-education integration will facilitate the coordinated development of science, technology, engineering and industry of NEV, and also display the significant overflow effect in transforming local industry and the old and new growth drivers through the agreement among scientists and industry-education cross-field exchanges. WNEVC is destined to be an annual grand event for the transformation & upgrading and innovative development of global automobile industry, and an annual summit for technological innovation and green development. Now, various preparations are being intensely promoted. Looking forward to the success of international WNEVC 2019 with global influence in Boao, Hainan Province in July! For more details, please enter the official website: www.wnevc.com.




Approved by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, the WNEVC 2019, hosted by CAST and Hainan Provincial People’s Government, will be held in Boao, Hainan Province from July 1 to 3, 2019. WNEVC, focusing on the transformation and upgrading of the automotive industry and ecological environment improvement, will bring together global experts and industry elites to share their insights and discuss development trends and innovations of NEVs, such as technologies, industry ecosystem, government policies and business models. It also aims to build industry consensus, clarify growth direction, and identify effective pathway of integrated development of electrification, intelligence, connectivity and shared mobility.




China Association for Science and Technology (CAST)

The People’s Government of Hainan Province



National Development and Reform Commission

Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China

Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China (TBD)

Ministry of Transport of the People's Republic of China

Chinese Academy of Engineering

National Energy Administration


China Society of Automotive Engineers (China SAE)

China EV100

Hainan Provincial Department of industry and information technology

Hainan Association for Science and Technology


CEM (Clean Energy Ministerial)(CEM)

UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization)

UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)

UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme)

IEA (International Energy Agency)

GEF (Global Environment Facility)

FISITA (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Ingénieurs des Techniques de l'Automobile)

EVI (Electric Vehicles Initiative)

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