Last month, Beijing conducted a four-day trial where nearly 1.3 million cars were taken off the streets. However, according to Reuters, this is less than half of the three million cars registered in the city, a tally that grows by more than one thousand cars per day.
When the Olympics roll in, officials will be shutting down the worst-polluting factories and switching thousands of homes running on coal-based energy to start using gas.
With every major carmaker planning to release minicars over the next five years we can expect the use of automobiles in China to increase exponentially. With so much trouble already being caused by heavy pollution we wonder what these cheap new cars will do to the environment.