Source:Global Times Published: 2018/1/11 15:58:40

E-cars not quite there yet

After trying in vain to get a license plate number from the plate lottery in Beijing for five consecutive years, I talked to my husband about one of us switching to an electric vehicle. But he disagreed (New alternative power vehicles are making driving and living in Beijing easier for those who switch, January 4).

He said that many people think electric cars will completely replace traditional oil-fueled cars in the near future, but it is not that easy to realize. "At least, it is not possible in the next 10 to 15 years," he said, adding that the key points that influence the popularity of electric cars among drivers are their battery technology and recharge capacity.

Currently, the battery performance is still not satisfactory, and the charging stations are still not enough. My sister bought an electric car several months ago and found it inconvenient to charge her car. She spent an extra 7,000 yuan ($1,076) on a private charging box and put it in the back of her car. She comforts herself, saying that burning electricity is much cheaper than burning gasoline.

Among my friends, the ones who bought or are going to buy an electric car are still few. Electric cars can be a good complement to the traditional oil-fueled cars in the long run, and they might become popular as shared cars in the sharing economy wave. But before getting mass acceptance by private car owners, there is still a lot of room for it to develop.

Kerry Fang, by e-mail

One shoe does not fit all

With the one-child policy being relaxed, many people are saying that having two children should be the standard for a family (Is it bad not to want more kids? January 2).

As far as I've observed, this standard mainly applies to well-off families and those whose family members are not very well-educated. Many middle-class families do not want to have a second child.

Rich people have no burden to have more children. They would like to have more children to inherit their money, and those who are not well-educated usually lack much ambition in their career and enjoy raising more children.

But middle-class families usually strive for a better life. They are hardworking and face harsh competition at work. They hope their children will be better than them when they grow up. To realize this goal, they try hard to provide the best for their children, so their limited financial ability will discourage them from have a second child.

Therefore, whether having two children should become a common standard really depends.

Wendy Lin, by e-mail

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