Taiyuan in Shanxi province, a city of 4 million and at the core of China's coal industry, has recently shifted its entire taxi fleet to electric. In a move that has caught the attention of the country, Taiyuan, made rich by coal, has sought to ween itself off fossil fuels and support EV production, in the process cleaning up its air pollution and setting a benchmark for other municipal governments.
Taiyuan's move could become a useful role model for similar Chinese cities looking to both revitalise industry and address pollution. Taiyuan also has plans to turn the city's public bus network over to electric, further reducing reliance on fossil fuel powered transportation.
China Dialogue: “Chinese coal town embraces electric vehicles" https://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/10335-Chinese-coal-town-embraces-electric-vehicles
环球网：“助力自主品牌新能源 太原出租车全部更换为电动车” http://auto.huanqiu.com/technologyfrontier/2016-06/9086688.html