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Red Alert in Beijing – Time for a Walk

December 8, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Red Alert in Beijing - Time for a Walk

For the first time ever we have a real Red Alert in Beijing, the highest alert for air pollution. The alert will last until Thursday 12:00.  Half of the cars are kicked off the street, trucks can’t enter the city, 30% of the government workers will stay home (nobody will notice that one), all construction has been halted, factories have been ordered to cancel operations, and the kindergartens and schools are closed.

Drama everywhere!, time thus for a walk in the vibrant Dongba area where I live. On the first photo an almost empty street, normally very busy and permanently traffic jammed. But not today. Local residents carry their groceries while wearing their colorful masks.

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Price of the Traffic Jams in Beijing: $11.2 Billion a Year

September 29, 2014 by Joey Wang

Price for Traffic Jams in Beijing: $11.2 Billion a Year

Beijing’s annual bill for the infamous and endless traffic jams amounts to 70 billion yuan ($11.3 billion), a recent study has found. According to a 2014 survey conducted by Peking University’s National Development Research Institute, 80 percent of total loss relates to time wasted waiting, 10 percent to gas and 10 percent to environmental damage.

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Going after the Car again: China to “eliminate” 5.33 million vehicles

June 2, 2014 by W.E. Ning

Going after the Car again: China to "eliminate" 5.33 million vehicles

The Chinese government has announced plans to “eliminate’ 5.33 million very-polluting vehicles in a bit to fight air pollution. Most cars will be killed in Beijing and surrounding provinces, with 330.000 cars slated for destruction in the capital and 660.000 in Hebei Province.

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Two hundred new electric taxis for Beijing

January 9, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Two hundred new electric taxis for Beijing

Beijing City has added 200 electric taxis to its taxi fleet. The Beijing Auto E150EV taxis, based on the Beijing Auto E-series, will operate in Shunyi District to the northeast of Beijing proper. The project is chaired by the Shunyi District Department of Transportation, a government agency. The district has built a ‘New energy electric taxi operation center’ with 210 parking lots and 110 fast-charging points. The center is visible in the background.

Another 154 electric-taxi-only parking lots and 31 fast-charging points will be build throughout the district during this year. As for now, the taxis will only accept passengers traveling within Shunyi District, as there are no proper charging facilities anywhere else. The taxis will be busy anyway; Shunyi District has an area of 1,020 square kilometers (390 sq mi) and a population of about one million.

In the faraway future Beijing City wants to have 20 ‘new energy electric taxi operation centers’, so passengers can travel anywhere on electric power.

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Beijing announces new measures to limit the number of new cars

November 29, 2013 by W.E. Ning

Beijing announces new measures to limit the number of new cars

The Chinese capital Beijing continues its crusade against the car to reduce air pollution and traffic jams with new measures aimed at reducing the number of cars on the road by limiting the number of available license plates.

The number of plates will go down to 150.000 in 2014, down from 240.000 this year, and only drivers with a permanent Beijing-residence permit can apply. The number of applicants in the latest lottery, in November, was more than 1.74 million.

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Beijing considering congestion tolls to curb air pollution

November 13, 2013 by Joey Wang

Beijing considering congestion tolls to curb air pollution

The Chinese capital Beijing is plagued by heavy air pollution end endless traffic jams. The Beijing government is aiming all its arrows at cars and keeps coming up with new plans to limit car use in the capital. The latest plan is a congestion toll for the downtown area, set to start in 2015.

The proposal is included in a task list of Beijing’s five-year action plan on controlling vehicle pollution. Issued last week, the document contains a suite of measures to curb car emissions, such as a reduction of the number of license plates issued, elimination of high-emission vehicles, increase of parking fees and construction of new subways.

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Beijing will cut new car registration quota by 37.5%

November 8, 2013 by Joey Wang

Beijing will cut new car registration quota by 37.5%

The Beijing municipal government is taking desperate measures to bring down air pollution. Beijing will slash its new car registration quota by 37.5 percent starting from 2014 and give more stake to new energy vehicles as part of its efforts to curb air pollution.

According to an interpretation of a five-year vehicle emission reduction plan (2013-2017), the number of newly registered cars will be cut from current 240,000 each year to 150,000 by 2017.

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Beijing to have 2000 taxis running on natural gas this year

June 5, 2013 by W.E. Ning

Beijing to have 2000 taxis running on natural gas this year

Beijing plans to increase the number of taxis that run on natural gas from the current 99 to 2,000 by the end of July in a trial project to promote the use of clean energy in public transportation.

Beijing now has 2,000 vehicles powered by natural gas, and that number is expected to be 10,000 by 2013, which will include 2,000 taxis, 3,143 city buses, and vehicles for some driving schools, the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau said.

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More buses in Beijing to offer WiFi

March 25, 2013 by Joey Wang

More buses in Beijing to offer WiFi

More than 10,000 buses in Beijing will offer WiFi service by the end of 2013, Beijing Morning Post reported Friday.

The service followed a deal signed in April last year between China Mobile and Beijing Bus Transportation Group, which operates Beijing’s bus system and will provide coverage on all routes within the Fourth Ring Road.

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New preferential policies for Electric Vehicles in Beijing

March 8, 2013 by Joey Wang

New preferential policies for Electric Vehicles in Beijing

Beijingers who plan to buy electric cars won’t have to compete for a license plates due to a series of preferential policies for new energy vehicles that will be rolled out soon.

Beijing will unveil policies for electric vehicles in the first half of 2013, including a maximum purchase subsidy of 120,000 yuan (19,296 U.S. dollars) and the option to obtain license plates without participating in the city’s plate lottery, Chen Guiru, deputy director of the Beijing New Energy Auto Development Center, said Thursday.

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