On November 1st, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of PRC issued the "Catalog for Promotion of Recommended New Energy Vehicles (10th batch, 2017)" (click to view), including 159 models from 85 enterprises. In addition, the Ministry approved the application for establishing Lanzhou ZHIDOU Electric Car Co., Ltd., a pure electric passenger car enterprise in the "Notice", which means that ZHIDOU has gained the relevant production qualification.
At present, although there are 15 enterprises that have been replied by the NDRC, but those that have passed the approval by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology only count four, BAIC BJEV, Yudo New Energy, JMC New Energy, and ZHIDOU is the fourth one.
According to the official data, as of the morning of October 26, 2017, ZHIDOU has produced and sold 95,714 cars, accounting for 6% of domestic new energy vehicles market, and 15% of pure electric passenger car market. Since 2012, the footprints of ZHIDOU have been all over the world, including Italy, Czech, Slovakia, France, Germany and other 18 countries, with a total of more than 3000 vehicles exported.
In March this year, the NDRC has approved 40 thousand electric vehicles project for ZHIDOU of Lanzhou; in October, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has publicized the entry of ZHIDOU for New Addition to the List of Vehicle Producers, so far, ZHIDOU has overcome two big obstacles for the production qualification. According to Bao Wenguang, President of ZHIDOU Electric Vehicles, it is expected that the company starts to apply for new car catalogue, subsidy and free purchase tax catalogue in November, and all the independent qualifications will be completed by that time.