The European Union will implement tariffs ranging from 17.4% to 37.6% on Chinese-made electric vehicles starting Friday, escalating trade tensions with Beijing, according to EU officials.

These provisional duties, which will not be backdated, come with a four-month negotiation period during which the EU and China are expected to engage in intensive discussions.

The European Commission introduced these tariffs to counteract what it perceives as a potential surge of low-priced electric vehicles subsidized by the Chinese state.

The rates mirror those initially announced on June 12, with minor adjustments made following the identification of calculation errors by companies.

In response, China has threatened to take "all necessary measures" to protect its interests, which could include imposing retaliatory tariffs on European products like cognac or pork.

The EU’s anti-subsidy investigation will continue for nearly four more months, after which the European Commission may propose definitive duties, typically lasting five years, subject to a vote by EU member states.

Meanwhile, China's commerce ministry has confirmed ongoing technical discussions between the two parties regarding the tariffs.