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Nigeria In Trouble As China Seeks To Ban Petrol And Diesel Vehicles

September 21 2017, 02:15 | Alonzo Simpson

Nigeria In Trouble As China Seeks To Ban Petrol And Diesel Vehicles

China pushing for electric cars in major market shift  

China has begun studying when to ban the production and sale of petrol cars, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday citing a vice minister who it said predicted "turbulent times" for auto makers as they were forced to adapt.

Early this summer, Britain announced its 2040 no-emissions plan, joining France, which announced its plan weeks prior.

He added: "Those measures will certainly bring profound changes for our vehicle industry's development".

This truly puts the traditional vehicle industry on notice.

"We may make significant headway in passenger cars by 2040 or even earlier, but for other products like heave-duty trucks it would be hard".

"This will ask everyone, from energy and technology sectors as well as traditional automakers, to change to the lane to develop new powertrains", Zhang said.

The decision by China could lead to serious ripples in the automobile manufacturing sector as the country is the largest vehicle market on the planet.

China is the world's biggest auto market and produced a total of 28 million cars previous year, accounting for nearly a third of production worldwide.

Total vehicle sales increased 5.3%, compared with August 2016, to 2.19 million, according to the government-backed China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. The majority were made by Chinese firms.

More than a dozen cities, including sprawling Beijing and Shanghai, have already taken steps to encourage sales of electrified vehicles.

Xin said the policy would be implemented "in the near future", according to the official Xinhua news agency. Nicolas Hulot, France's ecology minister, stated that "the conditions are there", even though he didn't elaborate on how this plan would be enforced.

China is planning to ban the production of diesel and petrol cars, a move which is of serious source of concern for Nigeria.

Christoph Ludewig, VW's communications director in China, declined to comment on Xin's announcement, but he noted that the company has a joint venture with JAC that will produce such cars by next year.

But few expect the Chinese government to back down beyond possibly slowing the timing of the push to electrification. "That's clear", Ludewig told AFP.

China has attempted a sharp pivot away from coal in recent years, banning imports at certain ports and suspending mine development in efforts to curtail pollution and potentially restructure its energy system. The Brits will have 80 percent of its cars electrically powered in the coming decades.



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