(Yicai Global) Sept. 8 -- There were more than 76,000 new-energy vehicles on the streets of China's Shenzhen city at the end of July.
The southern metropolis hopes to make all of its public buses pure electric by the end of this year and all taxis pure electric by the end of 2020, said Wu You, deputy secretary general of the city's municipal government.
Shenzhen began to pilot NEVs in 2011 and began to construct charging facilities at the same time. New-energy vehicles now make up 2 percent of the city's total motor vehicles. Through the first seven months, more than 8,000 new NEVs hit the roads, making the city one of China's largest homes for such vehicles.
The city's push for NEVs has been led by the conversion of public transport to electric vehicles, with Shenzhen Bus Group Co. becoming the world's first bus company to use pure electric technology. In 2015, Shenzhen introduced incentives to convert taxis to pure electric vehicles. So far, some 35 percent of cabs have upgraded.
To date, the city has built 13 public transport charging centers and about 120,000 fast- and slow-charging piles.