(Yicai Global) Nov. 22 -- Shanghai and four other Chinese cities will test a new license plate system for new energy vehicles from Dec. 1, the Ministry of Public Security said yesterday. The plates will help identify which cars can park and charge in which special zones.
Compared with the standard five-digit plate, the new tags have six digits and cost the same as a standard plate, CNY100 (USD14.50). The ministry said the new system will launch nationwide in the second half of next year based on the results of the pilot. The other four pilot cities are Nanjing, Wuxi, Jinan and Shenzhen.
The background color of the new tags is a gradient green for compact vehicles. For large autos, yellow and green are used. The letter 'D' indicates a fully electric vehicle, while the letter 'F' identifies those that include plug-in hybrids and fuel cell cars.