China’s Electric Taxi Plan is a Logistical Nightmare
China has a plan to reduce pollution in Beijing: it’s going to replace all 67,000 gas-powered taxis with electric models, a plan expected to cost operators around nine billion yuan ($1.3 billion). The problem is, the country doesn’t quite have the infrastructure yet to support that many electric cars on the streets.
As part of a drive to cut pollution, Beijing taxi drivers have already started using electric as part of their fleet. In 2014, there were around 1,150 electric taxis on the roads. But they could only achieve 90 miles on full charge, and as the battery wore out, drivers expected to achieve just a third of that.