China to Consider All-Electric Vehicle Deadline

China to go all-electric:

France, the UK, Scotland and Norway have stated that they wish to ban all non-electric vehicles from their roads in the future, suggesting deadlines between 2025 and 2040. Now, China is reportedly considering a deadline for the removal of all combustion vehicles.

Xin Guobin, China’s vice minister of industry and information technology, stated that the Chinese government is working on creating a timetable to end production of non-electric vehicles. He also stated that the removal of combustion vehicles would have a “profound impact” on the environment and the growth of China’s auto industry.

With a population of 1.4 billion, China has the largest car market in the world. The removal of combustion vehicles on China would have a huge effect on the rest of the world, causing other countries to reconsider the use of petrol vehicles on their roads.

China is already pushing for an increase in fully-electric vehicles. All vehicle manufacturers are required to have electric vehicles represent 8% of their sales. This number will increase to 12% in 2020.