The government of Beijing has announced plans to introduce a series of incentives and other supportive measures intended to lower transportation emissions levels. These measures aim to accomplish this by, not only, encouraging consumers to purchase lower emissions rated vehicles, including both electric vehicles as well as hybrid vehicles but also through an increased reliance on more sustainable forms of transportation in the city’s public transit infrastructure.

The soon to be announced measures are set to include financial aid incentives which will match those offered by the central government, raising the total subsidy to nearly €15,000, as well as convenience incentives such as allowing EV owners to avoid having to buy a license plate, otherwise required of all vehicle owners. The city’s efforts to improve the sustainability of its public transit system include increasing the number of EVs in its fleet of buses, taxis, and street cleaners by as many as 2,000 units, bringing the total to 5,000.

These efforts, while impressive given their concentrated timespan of a few months, are only the first phase of a long process of overhauling the highly environmentally harmful urban transportation system, which, in a city with a population of over 20 million and an ever increasing number of cars on its roads, places in stark contrast the challenges facing European and American cities today.

Source: Bloomberg report on the planned incentives

 

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