China Plans to Stop Gasoline and Diesel Cars

China pushing for electric cars in major market shift  

Xin Guobin, a vice minister at the ministry, said 9 September that China will set a deadline for automakers to end sales of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, becoming the biggest market do so. The ministry will work out the timetable, Xin said.

The latest news follows a flurry of announcements this summer by global vehicle companies who have revealed plans to phase out production of pure diesel and petrol models, with Volvo, Maserati, and Jaguar Land Rover all pledging to switch to EVs and hybrids.

Would join growing list of countries moving to ban gas, diesel vehicles.

Chery EVs on display at the Beijing International New Energy Vehicle exhibition. If a ban were to come into effect, it could mean a vast swathe of the world's auto owners could pivot towards zero-emission electric vehicles.

It remains to be seen how quickly China will terminate the selling of fossil fuel-powered vehicles in the country as the decision will have a far reaching global impact on the automobile market.

It is also the largest producer of and market for new-energy vehicles, with more than 500,000 built and sold previous year.

The country already aims for electric and plug-in hybrid cars to constitute at least 20 percent of China's auto sales by 2025. But consideration of a ban is yet more evidence of China's honest desire to transition away from fossil fuels.

About 2.5 million workers are in the solar power industry in China, according to CNN, while the USA has only 260,000 solar power jobs, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Volvo Cars, owned by China's Geely Holding Group, announced plans this year to make electric cars in China for global sale starting in 2019.

China produced 28 million cars past year, about one third of the global total, making it the world's biggest auto marker.

GM, Volkswagen, Ford, Daimler and many other automakers also have plans to beef up NEVs production. France and the United Kingdom are looking at similar moves, though they may fall back slightly and include conventional or plug-in hybrids in their mandates.

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