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Drive to boost China's electric car industry

7 March 2013 Last updated at 00:42 GMT

As China's leaders meet in Beijing for the annual parliamentary session, pollution is high on the agenda.

Some analysts believe this might now prompt a renewed effort to kick-start the domestic electric car industry.

So far, no country has succeeded in making the dream of emission-free driving a reality - despite the lofty ideal.

John Sudworth reports from China.