China exempts new electric cars from tax.

Guardian: “China will exempt electric cars and other types of “new energy” vehicles from purchase tax, the government said, as it seeks to reduce pollution and conserve resources.”
“The State Council, or cabinet, said that buyers of new energy vehicles – fully electric, hybrid and fuel cell cars –would not have to pay the levy from September to the end of 2017, according to a statement.
The tax is 10% of the net value of the vehicle, according to state media.
“For achieving industrial development and environmental protection, this is a win-win,” the state council said in a statement on Wednesday.
….China has sought to increase ownership of electric and hybrid vehicles to ease chronic pollution and reduce reliance on oil imports, but high prices, lack of infrastructure and consumer reluctance have been obstacles.
The government has set a target of having five million new energy vehicles on the streets by 2020.
But China has only 70,000 currently in use, the China Daily newspaper reported on Thursday.
The central government also offers outright subsidies for electric passenger car buyers, which were set at $5,700 to $9,800 last year, while local incentives can bring the price down further.”