Shanghai encourages local residents to buy new-energy cars by offering free license plates and rebates.
China's battery and electric car maker BYD Co Ltd recently delivered three pure electric e6 cars to Thailand power company Metropolitan Electricity Authority.
BYD Co Ltd will establish its first wholly owned manufacturing plant overseas in 2013, going to the United States to produce electric buses.
The first mass-produced electric vehicles from BMW's "i" division will be shipped to dealers in China in 2014, BMW Group's senior executives said early this month.
After several unsuccessful attempts, Chinese automakers are no longer hedging their future on electric cars, but instead looking at it as a realistic option to achieve green goals.
A Mckinsey report ranks the maturity of the Chinese EV market fifth in the world after Japan, the United States, France and Germany.
China's electric vehicle sales are likely to fall short of government target because vehicles are too costly and there's still a lack of charging outlets, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance research note.
A total of 23 electric cars will be used among 11 State organs in a pilot program to promote new-energy vehicles for official use.
Volkswagen Group has vowed to bring its latest energy-saving technologies into China to consolidate its leadership.
The government will promote the use of hybrid public buses in all Chinese cities.
Guangdong province plans to develop its new-energy vehicle industry chain in five years, according to an official document.
Zonda Bus Group plans to raise more than 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) through stake sales over the next five years.
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