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''I'll put every cent that Wanxiang earns into making electric vehicles. I'll burn as much cash as it takes to succeed, or until Wanxiang goes bust.''
- Lu Guanqiu
Electric cars are ones powered by batteries or hybrid cars that plug into the power source. Ending diesel and petrol car sales is a step in the right direction as part of efforts to clean up the air, reduce pollution and carbon emissions that contribute to global warming.
The car industry depends on the cost, the willingness to adopt battery and the concerns over range and charging points.
China, home to the world's largest auto market by number of vehicles sold (a third of the 88 million cars and vans sold around the world), is preparing a plan to promote and accelerate the development of electric technology, and to end production and sale of traditional cars powered only by gasoline and diesel, as a part of a plan to get China to an all-electrified fleet, and to suppress its perennial air pollution.
China has not set a date, and the ban hasn't taken effect, but research has started on formulating a timetable, according to China's vice minister of industry, Xin Guobin. He warned carmakers to adjust their strategies to the changing situation.
The surprising Chinese government announcement represents hugely significant policy changes for global industry: China wants 5 million electric cars on the country's roads by 2020.
The Chinese government is following in the footsteps of other countries around the world which have already announced plans to tackle the next generation of new energy vehicles in the coming years:
- Britain: The second biggest market in Europe after Germany will ban sales of new gasoline and diesel cars starting in 2040 as part of a plan to reduce air pollution. "We can't carry on with diesel and petrol cars... There is no alternative to embracing new technology." U.K. environment secretary Michael Gove told the BBC on Wednesday.
- France: The government announced the end of sales of gas and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040. Nicolas Hulot, the country’s new ecology minister, said: the decision was a question of public health policy and “a way to fight against air pollution”.
The share of cars powered by electric, hybrid and or other cleaner power in France is growing fast.
- Norway: The government's transportation imposed that All new cars and vans sold in 2025 should be zero-emission vehicles. 24 percent of new vehicles sales in Norway are already electric vehicles.
Norway is in the right direction: About 40% of all cars sold in the country last year were electric or hybrid vehicles.
In Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel has hinted that it's only a matter of time before the country sets an expiration date of its own, only 0.6 percent of new vehicles sold in Germany are electric vehicles, while India, home to many of the world's most polluted cities, is planning to stop selling gas-powered vehicles by 2030.
The Netherlands: Approximately 6 percent of new vehicle sales there are electric vehicles. No new gasoline and diesel vehicles sales by 2025.
On the other hand, Eight U.S states, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Korea and Spain have set official targets for electric car sales, according to the International Energy Agency.
Only China, the U.S., Japan, Canada, Norway, the U.K., France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden have sold 95% of electric cars.
The disadvantages of traditional cars:
- There are a lot of countries which suffer from an acute air quality problem.
- Gasoline and diesel engines contribute to health problems, "accelerate climate change, do damage to the planet and the next generation."
- according to a recent study, the outdoor air pollution leads to deaths, cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease, and other health issues.
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