It’s the first-ever red alert for the city. What does it mean? It means hold your breath for the next 72 hours or so, until the pollution subsides to Agent Orange level. Meanwhile, EV sales seem to be spiking of late, close to a quarter-million units* sold in China this year, albeit mostly government-subsidized penalty boxes built locally, for A-B commuting. Without the government subsidies, few would buy an EV in China, say locals with street-level knowledge. The complacent citizens shrug off sore throats, headaches, asthma — basically a prolonged toxic death. Ah well.
* Sorry about the Great PayWall of China.