Beijing taxis to go electric

Beijing will invest $1.3bn to convert its fleet of 70,000 taxis into electric vehicles.

According to a report by National Business Daily, the transition to electric cars will cover all new taxis registered in the region. ‘All newly added or replaced taxis in the city of Beijing will be converted from gasoline to electricity, according to a draft work program on air pollution control for Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, and surrounding areas in 2017,’ it read.

Shenzhen and Taiyuan have both announced similar policies for their taxis, but the move is significant for a municipality of over 20 million people.

China already has more than 600,000 EVs, more than the US and Europe combined, making it the world’s largest market for electric vehicles.