Beijing Boosting Tesla To The “New Energy Vehicle” License Plate Lottery

Originally published on EV Obsession.

One of the ways that China is trying to prevent pollution and traffic congestion in its big cities is via a limited supply of license plates, and license plate lotteries to get one. However, in the interest of encouraging electric vehicle adoption, some electric vehicles have been dished into a “softer” lottery. But that hasn’t applied to Tesla… until now.


While ~1% of people in Beijing trying to get a gasoline or diesel car are able to get a license plate, ~38% of people trying to get a “new energy vehicle” have been able to get one.

So, theoretically, with Tesla’s opportunity much better in Beijing now, we can expect to see a bit of an uptick in sales there.

However, TeslaMondo notes that Tesla still doesn’t get any government subsidies, while Chinese companies like BYD do.

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