China goes full throttle in electric vehicle market

Beijing is pushing for new energy vehicles to comprise 20 per cent of car sales by 2025.
Beijing is pushing for new energy vehicles to comprise 20 per cent of car sales by 2025.PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING - When looking to buy a new car in late 2019, project engineer Miao Haidong was faced with a perennial Beijing problem: Getting it registered for a licence plate.

Looking to control its vehicle population, China's capital city has for years implemented a lottery system of sorts, with potential car owners balloting for a limited number of licences.

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