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China to become king of hybrid and electric cars

China’s government has adopted a new plan that would enable it to become the expert in hybrid and electric cars. The plan, which would allow for more subsidies for cars in China, would also lower air pollution levels in Beijing and Shanghai, two cities that are smothered by the dirty air. The government has already taken steps to make room for more than a million electric or hybrid vehicles (including buses) on the roads. And because most commuters who live in the big cities almost never leave the city, the electric grid companies have been ordered to build fueling and charging stations all over suburban areas. While the desire to improve environmentally is appealing, many wonder why China doesn’t also allot for better — and safer — public transportation.