CHINESE car manufacturer BAIC Motor has announced plans to phase out diesel and petrol-powered vehicles by 2025.
The Chinese capital of Beijing has challenged car manufacturers to produce so-called New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) to account for a fifth of car sales in the city by 2025 in an effort to reduce air pollution.
The firm, which makes vehicles for the Far East in partnership with Hyundai Motor Co. and Daimler AG, has announced an even-more extreme goal of producing no diesel and electric cars for Beijing by 2020, before the nationwide plan comes into effect five years later.
Quotas for electric and hybrid vehicles will come into force in China for 2019, meaning both domestic and international carmakers will be required to sell more alternatively fuelled cars in the country.
Speaking to newspaper China Daily, Xu Heyi, BAIC Chairman, said: “Our goal is to stop sales of self-developed conventional fuel-powered cars in Beijing by 2020 and stop their production and sales nationwide by 2025.”
He also described the move to an all-electric line-up would be “challenging”.
In October this year, Chongqing Changan Automobile Co Ltd, a rival to BAIC, said it would stop selling conventional combustion-engine cars from 2025 — making it one of the first Chinese firms to commit to a fully-electric future.