Following recent reports on the state of the Chinese government’s ambitious electric vehicle adoption plans which have yet to spark any notable increase in sales. As a consequence, support for these plans has subsequently begun to be scaled back while government authorities explore other potential avenues for reducing traffic sector emissions.

October saw the quiet introduction of a series of measures which, taken together, seem to indicate a shift away from the aggressive push to popularize electric vehicles, as evidenced in the 2008 plans which have failed to gain traction, and towards  a model which seeks to reduce the total number of vehicles on city streets. In addition to measures which would reduce the overall number of license plate permits by 40% over the next four years, this new approach also sets out to increase the share of EVs and hybrids on its roads, reserving a total of 40% of available license plates for these vehicles.

Furthermore, officials have also established tactics which would allow it them to cut the number of vehicles on city roads by as much as 50% whenever they fear risk of serious pollution or congestion, thereby reducing the amount of emissions released into the air temporarily while the level dissipates in the mean while. 

Source: NY Times article on new measures

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