July 21, 2013

Green Thinking

China plans to restrict auto sales in eight more cities; Better Place revived


A man walks outside a Chevrolet dealership in Beijing, China. (The Associated Press)

Auto limits in China

China plans to increase the number of cities that restrict vehicle purchases in a bid to fight pollution and traffic congestion, state media reported last week. Four cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, already limit the purchase of vehicles for private use. Eight more cities are likely to announce similar policies. Such restrictions might cut vehicle sales by 400,000 units, or 2 percent of domestic sales. More than 13 million cars were sold in China last year.
The Associated Press


A Better Place sedan is shown in 2010. (Associated Press file photo)

Better Place lives on

A group of investors has taken over the remains of Israel's bankrupt electric car venture, Better Place, pledging to give the project another boost. Better Place filed for liquidation in May. The new group says it will maintain the company's 2,000 charging spots and aims to resume building cars.
The Associated Press


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