China's electric car sales strategy: cities
The problem: no one is buying them.
Back in September, the Chinese government launched a new round of subsidies for alternative energy vehicles such as electric and fuel-cell cars that originally were going to target three regions near city centers Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. The subsidies aim to boost ownership in electric vehicles, which has lagged in China because of the high cost of ownership as well as a lack of charging stations.
Now the government says it will spread out those subsidies to 28 cities in return for local efforts to boost alternative-fuel vehicle sales. The incentive program aims to encourage cities to increase sales by buying electric vehicles for its government-related organizations and institutions as well as public transportation providers, according to state-run media Xinhua.
The government reviewed an undisclosed number of applications to chose the 28 pilot cities, according to a statement (first shared by WSJ's Real Time China Report) from the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the National Development and Reform Committee.
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— By Kirsten Korosec on December 2, 2013, 9:47 AM PST
And, of course, everyone leaves out the one thing that is even more important in those Chinese cities than in American cities: WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE LIVING IN APARTMENTS? Where are the charging stations going to be located for THEM?