While Shenzhen is leading the way for electric cars, consumers in Shanghai and Beijing will have to wait a while before going green.
In Shanghai, several 4S stores are selling electric vehicles. Consumers have showed high interest in the new models.
Huang Le, GM of 4S Store, BYD Auto said "Every day about 20 to 30 people come to see this electric car. Many are planning to buy one. Now the price has been released, it's about 160 thousand yuan."
But the models that are available on the Shanghai market are far from meeting consumers' demand. Although many Shanghai car makers have plans to develop electric vehicles, few models have made it to the market.
Hu Maoyuan, Chairman of SAIC said "We plan to bring some hybrid powered cars to the market later this year. In 2012, we will introduce pure electric cars and plug-in auto into the market."
In Beijing, consumers are even further away from going green. The market condition isn't considered mature enough. Beijing isn't among the first batch of cities chosen for the green car trial, and related facilities have yet to be built.
Zhao Zhichuang, one car dealer said "No 4S store specializes in selling electric cars in Beijing. Without preferential policies to support them, car dealers aren't willing to sell them. For BYD electric models, recharging equipment is essential. Without the necessary facilities in the city, these cars can't operate."
Experts say the development and application of electric vehicle requires substantial work, including core technology and building support facilities. Until government policies are implemented to help achieve this, Shanghai and Beijing consumers will just have to wait and see.