Beijing is about to introduce a variety of new policies that
should help to speed up the rate of electric vehicle adoption in the city, and
help to reduce its dangerous levels of air pollution, according to state media
Among the most significant of these new policies is a
£13,000 subsidy for electric vehicles. Another is a complete bypass of the
infamous license plate lottery.
“Officials are working on plans to introduce a new maximum
purchase subsidy of 120,000 Yuan (£12,850) for electric cars, while also
allowing electric vehicles to obtain license plates without participating in
the city’s plate lottery,” Business Green reports.
A significant expansion of the public charging facility
infrastructure is one of the other exciting policies. It’s estimated that about
5,000 new electric vehicles will hit Beijing’s roads this year, including
around 3,000 electric buses and taxis.
The aggressive new policies are largely being put forward as
a means to help address the city’s significant air pollution problem.
“China is home to seven of the world’s 10 most polluted
cities, according to a study from the Asian Development Bank and Beijing’s
Tsinghua University, while car ownership is continuing to soar.”
The total annual cost for all of the illness, death, and
lost productivity caused by air pollution in China is estimated to be higher
than $100 billion by the World Bank. That’s equal to about 3% of China’s annual
gross domestic product. And of course these numbers don’t include the enormous
damage done to the natural environment — the extinction of many animals,
including the baji river dolphin, has been linked to the high levels of
pollution in the region.
Image Credits: Beijing Smog via Wikimedia Commons
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