Chinese Drivers Hesitant to Adopt Electric Cars

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The room exploded in cheers when it was announced that the Denza electric car would sell for RMB (The ISO code for renminbi) 369,000 ($59,100), at the Beijing Auto Show earlier this week, according to CNN News.

A joint venture between German giant, Daimler, and Chinese electric vehicle makers, BYD, the Denza is the latest car to take advantage of China’s push to put more green vehicles on its roads, added CNN News.

The government is helping to boost Denza’s attractiveness with subsidies of up to RMB 120,000 that can be deducted from each vehicle. The move could bring China one-step closer to widespread adoption of green wheels, according to CNN News. The issue of pricing, however, isn’t the largest obstacle to selling electric vehicles in China. Consumers say their cities are lacking a well-established battery-charging infrastructure.

“I am afraid I will run out of electricity on the road and get stranded,” said Zhao Bi, a fashion designer who lives in China’s capital, on NBC News.

Electric vehicle makers will typically install a charging station at a driver’s home, so cars can fuel up overnight. Drivers worry that would make trips beyond their nine-to-five routine impossible, according to NBC News.

To combat escalating levels of air pollution, the Chinese government is promoting low-emission vehicles to the average driver, and has set a target of putting five million electric cars on the road by 2020, according to CNN News.