It seems that not a day goes by when some city in China, or even the country as a whole, doesn't boast about its grand electric vehicle (EV) plans and last Friday was no exception. That's when Shenzhen vice-mayor, Tang Jie, speaking at the C40 Hong Kong Workshop, revealed the city's battery-powered dreams. Jie spoke of Shenzhen entering a "mature" development period and said that the city, after 30 years of rapid growth, is now ready for a low-carbon future:
Jie explained that, on the automotive front, Shenzhen will have charging stations installed across the city and that they will lay the foundation for the adoption of battery-powered vehicles. The vice-mayor insists that the number of registered EVs citywide will hit – ready for this? – 35,000 within three years. We find this goal to be ambitious, but given that Shenzhen's population has soared to nearly nine million, we think it might be plausible. Isn't it?The city is trying to become more low-carbon through expanding public transportation, constructing environment-friendly buildings, lowering investments in energy-consuming sectors, and encouraging residents to live and consume in a low-carbon way.
[Source: China Daily]