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Green cars popular in Shanghai, but concerns still exist

Shanghai is one of the leading cities promoting electric vehicles in China. Shanghai Daily recently hit the streets to find out people's views on "green" vehicles. 

Filmed by Zhou Shengjie. Edited by Zhong Youyang. Translated by Hu Yumo. Special thanks to Andy Boreham.

Shanghai Daily recently hit the streets of Shanghai to find out people’s views on electric cars.

China is the largest market for the sale and production of electric cars, with about 777,000 new-energy vehicles sold in China in 2017. That’s an increase of 53 percent year on year, according to data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. And consumer interest in electric cars is only rising.

Shanghai is one of the leading cities promoting electric vehicles in China, as the local government hopes to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment in order to achieve sustainable development.

People who live in first-tier cities such as Shanghai are highly receptive to electric cars. They mention reasons such as a quiet driving experience and the fact that it’s easier to obtain a license plate with a "green" car.

But they also mentioned some drawbacks, including the fact that charging electric cars is still not as convenient as it could be, and that electric cars are seen as a bit more expensive than conventional vehicles.

Check out the video to find out what people living in Shanghai expect in green cars.

Zhou Shengjie / SHINE

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