Hainan to phase out fos­sil-fuel ve­hi­cles

Global Times - - NATION - By Ji Yuqiao Page Edi­tor: [email protected]­al­times.com.cn

South China’s Hainan Prov­ince is mulling to phase out the sales of fos­sil-fuel ve­hi­cles by 2030 and ac­cel­er­ate the use of new-en­ergy cars to com­bat pol­lu­tion.

Hainan’s move came af­ter the Min­istry of In­dus­try and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy an­nounced in 2017 that China has been study­ing a timetable to end the sales of tra­di­tional fos­sil-fuel pow­ered cars, but the min­istry has not given de­tails about whether, when and how the sales will end.

In or­der to build Hainan into a cen­ter for in­ter­na­tional tourism and con­sump­tion, the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of Hainan Pro­vin­cial Peo­ple’s Congress pub­lished an air pol­lu­tion con­trol de­ci­sion, which de­mands the prov­ince to re­duce ve­hi­cle emis­sions and pro­hibit the sales of fos­sil-fuel ve­hi­cles step by step.

The de­ci­sion stip­u­lates that rel­e­vant de­part­ments should de­sign a plan to ac­cel­er­ate the use of new-en­ergy ve­hi­cles and to pro­mote the con­struc­tion of in­fra­struc­tures such as charg­ers for elec­tronic cars.

Jia Xin­guang, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at the China Au­to­mo­bile Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, told the Global Times on Thurs­day that “China’s timetable for pro­hibit­ing sales of fos­sil-fuel cars is un­der study, and au­to­mo­bile en­ter­prises as well as the in­dus­try need time for ad­just­ment un­der the new pol­icy on tra­di­tional ve­hi­cles.”

In April 2018, the State Coun­cil pub­lished a guide­line on pro­mot­ing new-en­ergy cars, ac­cord­ing to the Xin­hua News Agency.

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