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Beijing Struggles to Define Electric Car Policies

In a city trying to get a handle on its burgeoning traffic and air pollution problems, the Beijing’s latest moves only confuse matters more.

There are some 5.2 million registered automobiles in Beijing. Where once bicycles dominated, Chinese and foreign-made cars now rule, bringing with them gridlock and their share of air pollution.

In response, city administrators have decided to issue fewer registration permits, the goal being to cap at 6 million the number of vehicles allowed on its roads by 2017. It does this in two ways: one by implementing a lottery system for the right to apply for a license; and two, a stiff registration fee that is often equivalent to the price of the car, itself.evveryone was led to believe – are what the Chinese call ‘new energy vehicles,’ which more generally refers to electric cars. If you buy an electric car, you supposedly can avoid taking your chances with the lottery and you may even qualify for a government rebate, as well as avoid the stiff registration fee.

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