JD.com, China’s leading e-commerce player, wants to help Beijing have a clearer sky by Chinese New Year through electrifying its delivery vans.

“We are partnering with the world’s top research institutes so that every operational stage of JD meets the sustainability standard,” JD’s founder and CEO Richard Liu said on his Toutiao account (in Chinese) on December 8. “Meanwhile, JD promises to turn 100% of its delivery vans in Beijing into electric cars. This will be our contribution to solving Beijing’s air pollution problem.”

The Chinese authority has been keen to electrify the nation’s vehicles as public resentment intensifies due to poor air quality. The electrification movement is also part of the top leaders’ plan to turn China into a high-tech global leader. Generous subsidies have been allocated to both public and private players in the electric vehicle sector.

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Rita Liao

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