It is clear that the future of cars is that they will be going electric and possibly fully autonomous too. However for now, fossil fuel still remains the “popular” choice, and that’s something that countries want to change, such as Germany who hopes to ban internal combustion engines by 2030, while Norway wants to ban gas-powered cars as early as 2025.
Now it looks like China also wants to put an end to fossil fuel-powered cars, and in a report from Bloomberg, the country’s government is said to be working with regulators in coming up with a deadline in which carmakers will have to put an end to the production and sales of fossil fuel-powered cars, at least as far as China’s market is concerned.
China’s pollution is pretty well-known and at one point in time it got so bad where they had to issue a red alert to its residents, so the move at removing fossil fuel-powered cars doesn’t come as a surprise. The country’s government has vowed to cap its carbon emissions by 2030. According to Liu Zhijia, an assistant general manager at Chery Automobile, he expects that such a ban might only come into effect in 2040.
Liu was quoted as saying, “The implementation of the ban for such a big market like China can be later than 2040. That will leave plenty of time for everyone to prepare.” That being said despite these measures, it was previously estimated by the Organization Of Petroleum Exporting Countries that in 2040, electric cars will still only make up 1% of the global car market.