China studying ban of petrol and diesel powered cars

China is preparing itself to join the likes of UK and France, and cities such as Madrid and Mexico City, by banning petrol- and diesel-powered cars in the future to cut pollution.

Reuters reports that the country, the world’s largest auto market and second largest oil consumer, has begun studying when to ban the production and sale of cars using traditional fuels, according to China’s official Xinhua news agency, citing comments by the country’s vice industry and IT minister.

“Some countries have made a timeline for when to stop the production and sales of traditional fuel cars. The ministry has also started relevant research and will make such a timeline with relevant departments. Those measures will certainly bring profound changes for our car industry’s development,” Xin said at an auto industry event in Tianjin without mentioning a date.

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