China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is developing a time frame for ending the construction and sale of fuel cars as it makes the transition to electric vehicles (EVs), according to state media citing a Cabinet official. Deputy industry minister Xin Guobin said at an auto industry forum on Saturday that his ministry has begun "research on formulating a timetable to stop production and sales of traditional energy vehicles", according to Xinhua News Agency, such as gasoline and diesel cars. No specific target dates were given in the reports, however. China is the biggest auto market in the world by number of vehicles sold, meaning such a policy change could have a sizeable effect on the global industry. The country joins France and Britain in their plans to oust fuel cars, both of which announced goals in July to completely stop sales of gasoline and diesel automobiles by 2040 to reduce pollution and carbon emissions.
The French government has set out an ambitious goal for no more petrol or diesel cars to be sold in the country by 2040. The target was announced by environment minister Nicolas Hulot as part of far-reaching efforts to wean the world's sixth biggest economy off fossil fuels. At a news conference unveiling a five-year government plan to encourage clean energy and meet France's commitments under the Paris climate accord, Hulot said French car manufacturers have projects that "can fulfil that promise". His appeal came a day after Sweden's Volvo became the first major carmaker to pledge to stop making cars powered solely by the internal combustion engine. France is unusually dependent on diesel fuel, blamed for pollution that often chokes the French capital.
France's environment minister Nicolas Hulot just announced an ambitious goal aimed at curbing climate change: Stopping the sale of all gasoline-or-diesel-powered cars by 2040. On Thursday, Hulot -- a former nature documentary narrator in the vein of David Attenborough -- announced the government's plan, which still must go through several steps before it is enacted. "We are announcing an end to the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040," Hulot said during the speech, according to France24. The minister also announced plans to increase the government's investment in green and sustainable technologies in the coming years, France24 added. Other countries like Germany are also hoping to scale down the use of gasoline-powered vehicles.
France is set to ban the sale of any car that uses petrol or diesel fuel by 2040, in what the ecology minister called a "revolution". Nicolas Hulot announced the planned ban on fossil fuel vehicles as part of a renewed commitment to the Paris climate deal. He said France planned to become carbon neutral by 2050. Hybrid cars make up about 3.5% of the French market, with pure electric vehicles accounting for just 1.2%. It is not yet clear what will happen to existing fossil fuel vehicles still in use in 2040.
FILE - In this May 18, 2017 file photo, new Economy Minister Bruno le Maire, left, and Environment Transition Minister Nicolas Hulot leave the Elysee Palace after the first weekly cabinet meeting under new French President Emmanuel Macron, in Paris. Hulot unveiled a five-year plan to fight against climate change and fulfill the country's commitments under the Paris accord. Hulot said France will stop producing power from coal-power station by 2022.