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China: Electric bikes hailed as future in smog fight

Commuters in Mainland China are turning to electric bicycles in their millions.

Hailed as the environmentally friendly future of personal transport in the country’s teeming cities, up to 120 million e-bikes are estimated to be on Chinese roads, making them the top alternative to cars and public transport, according to recent figures published by local media.

The bikes have been hailed as an ecologically sound alternative mode of transport – in the country that is the world’s top emitter of greenhouse gases – with their rechargeable batteries leaving a smaller carbon footprint than cars.

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