China joins London and France as they plan to set a time frame when automakers must end sales of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles. This, as well as other cities, have set a future where electric cars are the way forward.
In a report by Bloomberg, Xin Guobin, the vice minister of industry and information technology said that the government is working on the time frame and hopes to leave a profound impact on the nation’s environment. Currently, China is known to be filled with smog, especially in the cities.
“The implementation of the ban for such a big market like China can be later than 2040,” said Liu Zhijia, an assistant general manager at Chery Automobile Co., the country’s biggest passenger car exporter that unveiled a new line for upscale battery-powered and plug-in hybrid models at the Frankfurt motor show last week. “That will leave plenty of time for everyone to prepare.”
The push also comes in line with auto manufacturers who plan to also stop producing fossil-fuel-powered vehicles and this will also strive to encourage the remaining auto makers who want to sell in the worlds largest market to go electric. With this, there is hope that Geely might share that ambition with Proton as well.