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Gone green: Special NEV license plate now in use in 107 cities, nearly 270,000 issued so far

BEIJING – China’s automobiles are going green, so are their license plates.

The country now has 107 cities covering 31 provinces where green license plates dedicated exclusively to new energy vehicles have been put into use, according to the Ministry of Public Security (MPS). Beijing became the latest city added into the list after the capital city began issuing these license plates on December 28.

So far, a total of 265,700 such license plates have been issued for NEVs, including 189,500 for battery electric vehicles and 76,200 for other fuel cell and hybrid vehicles.

The green NEV license plates will be put into use nationally in the first half of 2018. These license plates have one extra digit in their numbering scheme than their blue counterparts for traditional fuel vehicles, offering more flexibility in numbering combinations.

China now has an NEV parc of about 1.44 million units, according to the MPS. The country has a target to cumulatively produce and sell 5 million NEVs by 2020.

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