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Electric vehicles and coal stoves - a tale of two Chinas

Electric vehicles and coal stoves - a tale of two Chinas

In February, I travelled through China and witnessed the beginnings of what may well be an electric vehicle revolution in Shenzhen. Bolstered by generous subsidies, the majority of Shenzhen's taxi and bus fleet is now powered by electricity. On the other side of the country, Changchun's freezing weather and suppressed economy is putting the brakes on the road to a pollution free future for northern China. The question is whether technology and aggressive government policies will usher in a new era of clean skies and cheap rides or a divided China where the rich Southern provinces blaze their own trail.
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