China Daily. Encouraged by promised favorable central government policies for hybrid or electric-powered vehicles, Beijing’s municipal commission of reform and development, the city’s economic planner, hopes that about 15,000 electric-powered vehicles will be operating in the capital city this year. Most of these will be buses and sanitation vehicles.
The capital currently has a vehicle parc of 4.13 million units.
Ma Zonglin, chairman of the North China Grid Co Ltd, a major grid covering Beijing, told the session that his grid is ready to open 450 recharge stations this year for the upcoming surge in electric-powered cars in the capital....Zhang Gong, director of the municipal commission of reform and development...also said the authorities are in discussions with more car producers to set up plants for electric-powered vehicles in Beijing.
Li Yunwei, chairman of the Beijing car owners’ society, said he welcomed the green plan, but doubted whether car owners will be willing to pay more for an electric-powered vehicle. An electric-powered sedan on the local market is usually 30 percent more expensive than a conventional sedan.
“It is a brilliant idea to allow Beijing to march first to this environmental-friendly industry and I think most car owners love the idea,” Li told METRO yesterday. “But until the government imposes more favorable policies or even provides special funding to car buyers, most of them are not willing to switch from fuel to electricity.”