Xinhua. Ninety percent of Beijing’s public buses and 70% of its taxis will be clean vehicles in 2008, when Beijing hosts the Olympics according to an official with China’s Ministry of Science and Technology.
Xu Jing, vice director of the ministry’s hi-tech development and industrialization department, said by 2008, Beijing will need a total of 18,000 clean vehicles, including 1,000 electric vehicles.
At the same time, Shanghai, China&squo;s most populous city and a financial hub, will have at least 1,000 electric vehicles, including 20 to 30 fuel cell cars, Xu said.
The Chinese government has invested more than 1 billion yuan (US$120 million) since 1999 intro research and development on clean vehicles, including cars using clean fuel or alternative fuel, electric vehicles, hybrids and fuel cell vehicles.