China drives consumers to electric cars

Half the electric cars sold worldwide last year were in China, but the Chinese government is hoping to make that number even greater in an effort to combat air pollution and climate change.

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    China has started an offensive against fuel and diesel cars.

    Research shows that one-third of air pollution in China comes from petrol and diesel cars.

    That's why the government recently decided that traditionally fuelled cars are a thing of the past.

    The world's largest emitter of greenhouse gasses wants its nearly 200 million car owners to move to electricity in the near future.

    Their strategy: huge incentives for producers and buyers.

     

    Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reports from Beijing, China.


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