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China may soon set date for ban on new petrol, diesel cars - expert

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FUSCHL AM SEE, Austria (Reuters) – China may join Britain and France in banning new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 and could set an earlier deadline, the secretary-general of the World Energy Council (WEC) said. The Asian nation, which has been blighted by pollution, is the world’s largest car market. A government announcement on a decision to ban new cars powered by fossil fuels by 2040 or earlier was “very likely within the next few months,” said WEC Secretary-General Christoph Frei at an energy conference in Austria. “This would be a revolution for the auto industry,” he said. A senior Chinese official said this month the country had begun studying when to ban the production and sale of cars using traditional fuels. He did not give a timeline for an announcement. China is targeting 35 million vehicle sales by 2025 and wants new energy vehicles (NEVs) to make up at least one-fifth of that total, the Industry Ministry said in April.

(Reporting by Kirsti Knolle; Editing by Edmund Blair)
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