BEIJING: China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is developing a time frame for ending the construction and sale of fuel cars as it makes the transition to electric vehicles (EVs), according to state media citing a Cabinet official.
Deputy industry minister Xin Guobin said at an auto industry forum on Saturday that his ministry has begun “research on formulating a timetable to stop production and sales of traditional energy vehicles”, such as gasoline and diesel cars. No specific target dates were given in the reports, however.
China is the biggest auto market in the world by number of vehicles sold, meaning such a policy change could have a sizeable effect on the global industry.
The country joins France and Britain in their plans to oust fuel cars, both of which announced goals in July to completely stop sales of gasoline and diesel automobiles by 2040 to reduce pollution and carbon emissions.
As reported by Motherboard, France will gradually reduce the sale and advertising of traditional cars in favour of electric alternatives, and, by 2040, it is hoped an outright ban will be in place. The overall aim is to make the country “carbon neutral” by 2050.
France’s Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot said at the time that the French government will offer financial incentives for trade-ins, but didn’t reveal the figures behind the “transitional allowance” for trading in a petrol or diesel car.
According to Le Monde, the minister also outlined plans to stop “all energy production from coal”, remove all operating licences for coal, gas, and oil to boost the green economy, and reduce fuel poverty by 2022 — as well as lessen reliance on nuclear energy.
Hulot said at the time that the measure decree is part of the Paris Agreement, an environmental pact of 195 countries that US President Trump pulled out of the month prior.