Hangzhou became the second Chinese city after Shanghai to put imported cars on a list of new energy vehicles to enjoy government subsidy in the form of a free car plate.
Tesla is the first imported electric car to qualify for free car plates, a privilege previously reserved for Hangzhou-made models.
The new policy can save a Tesla owner more than 15,000 yuan (US$2,500), the price of a plate sold through the city’s monthly auction. Each free plate means less revenue for the city government.
Tesla owners can recharge their cars at a supercharging station in the city’s Sports Park. Eleven more such stations are under construction in Hangzhou.
Last year Hangzhou registered 2,900 green vehicles, including 500 pure electric taxies, 100 new energy buses, and 100 electric cars for rental.
Source: Hangzhou International Center