In an attempt to avoid another airpocalypse, Beijing officials have announced plans to introduce 1,000 all-electric taxis into the city by the end of the year. There are currently 50 such vehicles roaming Beijing’s Changping district, but they are largely confined to the suburbs due to inadequate electric-charging infrastructure, which will be amped-up when the new fleet is set loose later this year.
The Beijing city government really wants this scheme to work, as GBTimes reports:
The new taxis will be privately owned, but their introduction is encouraged, and sponsored, by the government. Each taxi can receive a subsidy of around 3,000 yuan per month from the government; a strong incentive for their use. […]
How effective this plan is in helping reduce air pollution of course depends on larger factors. It will certainly help with city center emissions and air quality, a serious problem in itself, but commentators point out that the overall effect on air pollution depends on both their adoption and the cost of electricity generation pollution.
There are presently some 66,000 taxis on the road in Beijing, and many more private vehicles. In other words, don’t expect these 1,000 cars to hold off the smog for too long.
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