Shenzhen, one of China's major cities, announced at the start of this year that 99% of taxis are now running on electric batteries, reaching an environmental milestone, AP has reported.
The high-tech hub of Shenzhen in southern China announced that almost all of the 21,689 taxis operating in the city were electric. Last year, it still had 7,500 gasoline-powered taxis on the roads. A few can still be found, but electric ones are currently far outnumbering them.
Shenzhen is the second city to achieve this feat in China, following in the footsteps of Taiyuan, in the north, which has had only electric taxis since 2016.
Shenzhen "has taken the lead among major Chinese cities," said Cui Dongshu, the secretary-general of the China Passenger Car Association.
The environmentally-friendly electric taxis are equipped with an on-board screen that tells drivers where taxis are in short supply. It also displays the fare and the taxi's route, which the Shenzhen transport committee said would help prevent drivers from overcharging or taking a roundabout route.