In a major push to environmental protection, China has announced plans to cut back and eventually abolish production of petrol and diesel cars in the country. The country, which is the largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, will promote electric technology instead, The Independent reported citing Chinese state media.
China’s Ministry of Industry is preparing a timetable to move away from the production and sale of traditional fuel cars, the reports said without giving details of target dates. The decision will have global impact not just for environment but also for auto industry as China is the world’s biggest auto market in terms of number of vehicles sold.
China is already the biggest market of electric and petrol-electric hybrid cars with 336,000 vehicles sold in 2015, around 40 percent of the global demand. Shifting to electric technologies will also help the country to reduce its dependence on imported oil. China is the second largest oil consumer in the world.
Earlier, Britain and France have announced their intention to stop the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 in July this year.