China may ban cars with internal combustion enginesAugust 23, 2019
China’s leadership in the promotion of electric vehicles is beyond doubt. This is the largest market for electric cars in the world, which even the USA is not yet able to compete with.
However, in 2019, the trend for rapid growth in demand was reversed: in March, the Chinese Ministry of Finance announced a planned reduction in subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles and hybrids by about 50% compared to the level of 2018 – and in July, demand began to fall. Apparently, now in the PRC they decided to move from stimulating to restrictive measures: in some regions of the country, the possibility of banning cars with internal combustion engines is being considered.
According to Reuters, a document published on the website of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology states that the authorities will first analyze market demand and emissions, and then consider introducing restrictions on conventional cars. So far we are talking only about gasoline cars.
So far, the Ministry is only considering various options. Among them may be a phased prohibition both in individual regions of China and throughout the country.
In recent years, the electric car market in China has grown rapidly. In 2018, 1.3 million electrified cars were sold, that is, both purebred electric cars and hybrids with support for external charging. In 2020, demand is expected to reach 1.5 million units.
In May 2019, the southern province of Hainan announced its intention to completely stop the sale of gasoline cars from 2030.
Calls for the prohibition of cars with internal combustion engines are occasionally distributed from Europe. In spring, it became known that the Amsterdam authorities were going to completely ban the operation of cars with gasoline and diesel engines by 2030. Similar offers are occasionally considered in Germany and Norway.
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