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China Wants Out of Gas and Diesel Cars

American car manufacturers are getting international push to become electric. The world’s largest automotive market, China, wants manufacturers to know that gas and diesel cars will soon not be welcome. That would give a significant push to the world in the direction of electric cars. The BBC reported earlier this week:

The country's vice minister of industry said it had started "relevant research" but that it had not yet decided when the ban would come into force… Chinese-owned carmaker Volvo said in July that all its new car models would have an electric motor from 2019. Geely, Volvo's Chinese owner, aims to sell one million electric cars by 2025.

In a heads up to their members that such international trends will influence the U.S. market, the National Association of Convenience Stores, which includes fuel retailers, added this bit of info to the BBC's latest report:

China would like to have sales plug-in hybrids and electric cars as one-fifth of all vehicles sales by the quarter century. The government’s proposals would mandate that 8% of auto sales be for battery electric or plug-in hybrid by 2018, jumping to 12% by the end of the decade.

NACS added that in Europe the United Kingdom and France “said they would prohibit new gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040."

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