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Perks for electric cars

More than 30,000 new-energy vehicles will enjoy the privilege of driving around the West Lake area and into downtown, unaffected by peak-season traffic restriction, authorities said.

The city will impose traffic restrictions in areas around the West Lake during the peak travel season next month. Some roads will operate on a one-way traffic system and cars will be allowed to enter the lake area depending on whether their license plate numbers are odd or even.

The one-way traffic rule will be implemented daily from 8:30am to 5pm during the travel season. Santaishan Road and Bapanling Road will turn to one-way traffic on weekends.

Cars entering downtown Hangzhou during weekday rush hours must follow the odd-even control scheme. Electric and hybrid vehicles are exempt.

Hangzhou now has about 31,860 new-energy vehicles, only 1.16 percent of its total registered automobiles.

Buyers of electric cars can get a Hangzhou license plate for free. Buyers of normal cars have to participate in a bidding or a lottery to get one.


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