Japan may ban the sale of cars on internal combustion engines by 2035
The prime minister said that in 30 years the country will become "climate neutral".
Japanese authorities may ban the sale of cars powered by internal combustion engines in the country by 2035. This is reported by the portal Automotive News Europe with reference to the broadcast of the Japanese state TV channel NHK.
By the end of the year, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of the country will develop a plan according to which the authorities will prohibit the sale of new cars with gasoline engines. This decision, if it does follow, stems from Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's October pledge to achieve "zero emissions" by 2050.
This, in turn, will make Japan the second G7 member to set a deadline for achieving climate neutral status; Great Britain became the first in mid-November.
Research by the Boston Consulting Group shows that about 55% of cars in Japan will be electric by 2030. At the same time, local automakers - Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi - have so far refused to comment on a possible government decision to ban the sale of ICE cars.
But, for example, Nissan intends to sell only electric cars and hybrids in China in five years. This is in line with the policy of the Chinese authorities, which intend to ban the sale and production of cars with gasoline and diesel engines by 2035. Nissan intends to overtake this plan by 10 years and start delivering nine electric and hybrid models to China by 2025.