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China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS -

will is­sue new li­cense plates for new en­ergy ve­hi­cles start­ing in Novem­ber, in­clud­ing Baod­ing in He­bei province, Changchun in Jilin province, Fuzhou in Fu­jian province and Kun­ming in Yun­nan province.

In the first half of next year, the new li­cense plates will be avail­able in all cities across the coun­try, the min­istry said.

Since 2013, poli­cies have been launched na­tion­wide to pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of new en­ergy ve­hi­cles. Al­ready more than 1 mil­lion such cars are on the road in China, the min­istry said.

Traf­fic man­age­ment de­part­ments will is­sue the new plates for peo­ple reg­is­ter­ing new en­ergy ve­hi­cles or trans­fer­ring their reg­is­tra­tion. New en­ergy car own­ers who al­ready have old li­cense plates can de­cide whether to change to the new.

“New en­ergy ve­hi­cle own­ers who con­tinue us­ing their or­di­nary plates will still be reg­is­tered in a data­base and fall un­der the dif­fer­ent man­age­ment sys­tem. Those car own­ers will be el­i­gi­ble for the pref­er­en­tial poli­cies,” said Wang Qiang, deputy di­rec­tor of the min­istry’s Traf­fic Man­age­ment Bureau.

For new reg­is­tra­tions, car own­ers can go to the traf­fic man­age­ment de­part­ments or choose a plate num­ber at www.122.gov.cn or via the smart­phone app Jiaoguan 12123 — both of­fer the op­por­tu­nity for car own­ers to chose a num­ber they pre­fer or re­ceive ran­dom num­bers.

The min­istry said the new plates are 40 mm wider than tra­di­tional plates and have an ad­di­tional digit, sig­ni­fy­ing the ve­hi­cle is elec­tric.

Smaller new en­ergy cars will be is­sued green plates, and larger ones will get green and yel­low plates, the min­istry said.

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