China may be the next nation to implement a ban on the sale of vehicles powered exclusively by an internal combustion engine. Although no deadline has been drawn in the sand just yet, Chinese government officials say one is likely coming.
Bloomberg reports Xin Guobin, the vice minister of industry and information technology, said his government agency is working with other regulators to craft a plan and timetable for banning some vehicles. The ban would likely be similar to plans already announced by France and the U.K, which call for bans on all vehicles powered exclusively by gas or diesel engines.
The German government has discussed a similar plan as well, but has yet to implement a specific timetable for implementation.
China has already vowed to cap its carbon emissions by 2030, so a combustion engine ban is a likely mix with that plan as the country fights extensive air pollution problems. The government has already implemented a series of incentives toward electrified vehicles, pushing both local and global automakers to rollout more electrified models on the Chinese market. Despite the efforts, most industry experts expect China’s timetable for implementation to push beyond 2040.
“The implementation of the ban for such a big market like China can be later than 2040,” Liu Zhijia, an assistant general manager at Chery Automobile Co., said to Bloomberg at the Frankfurt motor show last week. “That will leave plenty of time for everyone to prepare.”
Given the lineup of countries implementing similar policies, it would seem that most global automakers are going to be headed for that direction regardless of China’s timetable. Many auto brands–nearly all luxury automakers–have already announced plans to electrify most or all of their respective lineups in the coming years.