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China: Electric car buyers must try their luck in lottery

Future buyers of electric vehicles in Beijing will not be immune to the capital’s monthly license plate lottery.

Beijing Commission of Transport said on Monday that details into the lottery specifically for new electric vehicle plates will be released at the end of the month, but it did confirm that the plan will go into effect next year. The announcement squashes recent rumors that electric vehicle owners would be able to bypass the city’s lottery system as part of its efforts to encourage purchases of battery-powered autos.

In an attempt to limit the amount of air pollution and traffic congestion, the city is aiming to have 170,000 new energy automobiles by the end of 2017. City authorities claim the lottery will not affect sales of electric vehicles since there currently isn’t a great deal of electric car buyers in the market.

Wang Linzong, a 34-year-old bank clerk in Beijing, said he is considering trying his luck in the electric vehicle plate lottery.
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