China to step up efforts to cut emissions in the world’s biggest auto market.
China is promoting clean-energy vehicles for public transportation in seven more cities, Xinhua reported, citing the Ministry of Finance (MOF) as saying on Wednesday.

Last year, 13 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, and Chongqing started promoting hybrid, electric, and energy-efficient vehicles for taxi, bus, sanitation and post office use.

The seven more cities are namely Tianjin, Haikou, Zhengzhou, Xiamen, Suzhou, Tangshan, and Guangzhou.
The ministry, in a statement, said that it provide subsidies to provincial and municipal government finance bureaus for promotion of such vehicles, and the local governments will have to apply for the funding based on a promotion plan.

However, the statement did not elaborate on the total amount of funding.

On Tuesday, China said its green-car subsidy programme is designed to boost the nation’s auto industry and cut vehicle emissions.

Subsidies of up to 60,000 yuan (some US$ 8,784) will be given to buyers of pure electric vehicles in cities such as Shanghai, Changchun, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Hefei, who are taking part in the pilot programme.

While, buyers of plug-in hybrid cars will receive up to 50,000 yuan (US$ 7,319) in subsidies. (US$ 1=6.83 yuan)


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