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Beijing wants to replace its 70,000 taxis with electric vehicles to fight local air pollution

LIANYUNGANG, CHINA - DECEMBER 08: (CHINA OUT) Buildings are shrouded in smog on December 8, 2013 in Lianyungang, China. Heavy smog has been lingering in northern and eastern parts of China since last week, disturbing the traffic, worsening air pollution and forcing the closure of schools. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular with fleet operators, like taxi companies. They are attracted by gas savings and lower maintenance costs, but local governments are also seeing opportunities to reduce air pollution in city centers with important taxi presence.

Beijing, which has one of the most important taxi fleets in the world, becomes the latest municipality to announce plans to convert all its taxis to electric cars.

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Tesla to establish ‘operational headquarters’ in Beijing, Model X deliveries about to start in China

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As we discussed in the past, the Tesla Model X is expected to be popular in China – in part due to its new air filtration system (though it’s now also available with the Model S). Now Tesla is about to start deliveries in the country and it will establish ‘operational headquarters’ in Beijing to manage its expansion in the country.

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Hyundai is working on an all-electric SUV with “around 200 miles of range”

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While some (including myself) were disapointed when Hyundai confirmed that its first all-electric vehicle, the Ioniq, will only have about 110 miles of EPA-rated range, we can now find some comfort in the fact that the Korean automaker plans for its next all-electric vehicle to have almost twice as much range as the Ioniq.

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VW is teasing a new electric plug-in SUV concept to be unveiled next week [Gallery]

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Vokswagen sent out a press release this morning with new images to tease an upcoming electric plug-in hybrid SUV concept to be unveiled at the Beijing Auto show next week.

The company describes the concept as a “premium SUV’ and it will release the concept under its VW brand – even though Volkswagen as another premium electric SUV, although all-electric, coming out under its luxury brand: Audi.

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China opens a new fast-charging station with 25 chargers at 360 kW

MicrovastWhile Beijing completely shutdown today after issuing its first ever ‘Red Alert’ over smog, the city also announced the opening of an impressive new electric bus charging complex in the Chaoyang district. The station features 25 chargers at 360 kW and 5 chargers at 90 kW, making it one of the most powerful charging station for electric vehicles in the world.

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Tesla to reportedly get preferential treatment in Beijing’s system for licence plates

518daf041af76According to a report from the South China Morning Post, sources close to the municipal transport authorities are saying that Beijing will update its lottery system for issuing licence plates in order to put Tesla Motors on a “special list of new energy cars”, which should make it easier for Tesla owners to get a license plate in the Chinese capital.

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