More cities added for al­ter­na­tive fuel ve­hi­cles

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

More cities have been added to a pro­gram to ad­vance the use of en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly cars, tak­ing the to­tal num­ber of cities and re­gions in­volved to 40.

An an­nounce­ment from the cen­tral au­thor­i­ties in­cluded 12 more cities. The cities — in­clud­ing Bei­jing — have been set spe­cific sales tar­gets.

Cities in east­ern re­gions are re­quired to pro­mote not less than 10,000 new-en­ergy ve­hi­cles by the end of 2015, while tar­gets for the rest are set at 5,000.

Bei­jing and Shen­zhen have set their own tar­gets of 35,000, push­ing up the to­tal for the 40 cities to around 320,000, ac­cord­ing to a cal­cu­la­tion by Hongyuan Se­cu­ri­ties.

That means at least 160,000 new-en­ergy cars should be sold this year, over nine times last year’s na­tional sales.

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