PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 January, 2013, 2:06pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 January, 2013, 2:26pm

Shenzhen party chief ditches Audi for electric car


Amy Li began her journalism career as a crime news reporter in Queens, New York, in 2004. She joined Reuters in Beijing in 2008 as a multimedia editor. Amy taught journalism at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu before joining SCMP in Hong Kong in 2012. She is now an online news editor for Amy can be reached at, or follow her on Twitter @AmyLiSCMP

Shenzhen’s Communist Party chief Wang Rong recently replaced his Audi A6 with a China-made electric car in a bid to promote green living, reported China's Southern Metropolis Daily on Thursday.

Officials of Wang's rank are entitled to a motor vehicle costing up to 350,000 yuan (HK$436,000) for official use only with all expenses paid by the government.

While Wang has a driver to take him to work every day, he occasionally drives the car, a BYD E6,  himself, said the report.

Although the report reads favourly for Wang, many netizens don't agree. 

“No matter it’s an Audi or a BYD, why is he entitled to use it to commute to work?” said a blogger on China’s twitter-like service Sina Weibo.

“Britian’s prime minister rides a bike to work,” said another Weibo user.



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