State media in China reported Thursday that commuters in Beijing started using special license plates to designate alternative vehicles for the first time. The Chinese Ministry of Public Security in November announced the introduction for special green license plates for alternative vehicles in 12 cities, with a full-country roll-out planned for the first half of 2018. Xinhua, the country’s official news agency, said the green license plates are attractive in major cities like Beijing where local governments use special plate quotas for congestion and smog. According to national data, there were around 825,000 electric vehicles on Chinese roads to date. Beijing commuters applied for their first special plates on Thursday , the news agency reported. In August, capital city leaders said […]