"In the past eight consecutive years, China ranked top of new energy vehicles (NEVs) manufacturing and selling in the world," said Li Shufu, member of the 14th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.
According to Li, China is the largest producer and consumer of the NEV, as well as the biggest exporter of automobiles. China exported 679,000 NEVs last year, up 120 percent year-on-year. China has reached a high level of lithium-ion battery recycling, and the recycling rate of nickel and lithium has surpassed 95 percent, he said.
"The new energy vehicles in China are circulating in a system which is environmentally friendly and green," said Li.
Li was interviewed ahead of the opening of the first session of the 14th CPPCC National Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, on Saturday.