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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - 10:58
China moots banning of diesel and petrol vehicles
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The Chinese government has signaled it will join the line of nations queuing up to ban the sale of diesel and petrol vehicles in the coming decades.

A senior official has told the Chinese car sector that the industry department in Beijing has begun “research on formulating a timetable to stop production and sales of traditional energy ­vehicles”, according to a report from the state news agency Xinhua.

China is now the world’s largest car market with 25.53mn cars and light vehicles sold in the country last year, according to industry analysts JATO.

Sales were up 14.6% on the previous year and far outstripped the next biggest market, the US, which saw anemic growth of 0.4% to 17.55mn last year.

Motorists in China are also already the biggest buyers of cars powered by electric and hybrid systems – which use a combination of batteries and ­internal combustion engines.

Since 2015, 336,000 of these vehicles have been sold in the country, representing 40% of global sales.

In the first seven months of this year, 204,000 electric vehicles were sold in China and Ford has predicted that ­demand for electric vehicles in the country will reach 6mn a year by 2025.

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