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China to Ban Fossil Fuel Vehicles

China to Ban Fossil Fuel Vehicles

Gasoline vehicles are parked around the charging pole for electric vehicles at a shopping mall in Beijing, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

By    |   Monday, 11 September 2017 12:17 PM

China's fossil fuel-powered vehicles may be facing elimination in the world's second-largest economy with one key official saying that the country is planning to set a deadline to end their sale there.

China would become the largest county to announce that it plans to move completely away from gasoline-powered vehicles and push for electric cars. China's vice minister of industry and information Xin Guobin said the government is currently working with regulators to pinpoint a time to end sales and production of fossil fuel-using vehicles, Bloomberg reported.

China had already pledged to cap its carbon emissions by 2030, thus helping with its air pollution problem, Bloomberg said. The South China Morning Post reported last year that China's smog has been put on par with smoking as a threat to the health of residents there.

"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., China's largest passenger car exporter, said, according to Bloomberg. "That will leave plenty of time for everyone to prepare."

The government has also created a number of incentive programs for manufacturers, including subsidies. This will add to its positive efforts to drive more electric vehicle sales in China with the ultimate negative condition on the other side – at some point, automakers just won’t be able to do business at all in the country if they’re still selling a mix of fossil fuel and electric vehicles.

China sold 28.03 million vehicles last year, an increase of 13.7 percent from 2015 sales numbers, TechCrunch reported

The tech website said critics worry that electric vehicle supply chains are already stretched to the limit, making such hard deadlines to go all-electric not wise. Volvo has already announced plans to sell exclusively all-electric or hybrid cars to meet future demands, TechCrunch said.

Norway and the Netherlands already have plans to go completely electric by 2025, while Germany and India plan to make the switch by 2030, NBC News reported.

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