China, Scotland Announce Plans to Phase Out Petrol Cars

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 13, 2017

The country's vice minister of industry Xin Guobin said his ministry has started to undertake "relevant research" and to work with other regulators to establish a timetable to put the ban in place, but doesn't yet have a framework in the pipeline.

Predicting the future of eco friendly cars, China has begun studying when to ban the production and sale of cars using traditional fuels, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing comments by the vice industry minister, who predicted "turbulent times" for automakers forced to adapt.

The decision is expected to have a profound impact on the environment as well as growth of the nation's auto industry in the world's second-biggest economy.

"The implementation of the ban for such a big market like China can be later than 2040", Liu Zhijia, an assistant general manager at Chery Automobile Co., the country's biggest passenger auto exporter, told Bloomberg. "That will leave plenty of time for everyone to prepare". Already France and the United Kingdom said they would prohibit new gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 in efforts to curb pollution and carbon emissions.

Carmakers are following suit.

Mahindra & Mahindra is the only electric vehicle maker in India but in a few years it may be joined by Tata Motors which has explored the possibility of building electric cars on its existing platform, managing director Guenter Butschek said.Hyundai, which shelved plans to launch hybrid cars in India after the government's electric push, said it will need to customise its existing electric cars for the Indian market. Geely, the Chinese owner of Volvo, wants to sell a million electric cars by 2024.

Other global vehicle firms including Renault-Nissan, Ford and General Motors are all working to develop electric cars in China.

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