Editor’s note: A version of this post by Charles Liu first appeared on the Beijinger, a leading source of English-language lifestyle information on the city of Beijing.

Beijing’s sharing economy has taken a huge step forward with the recent announcement that some 5,000 electric cars will be available to rent on a time-sharing basis in the city within two years.

By using the Gofun app, Beijing residents will be able to rent an electric car at a rate of just RMB 1 per hour.

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