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The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology recently referred to the issue of setting a timetable for the withdrawal of fossil fuel-driven vehicles from China in a reply document to the recommendations of the National People's Congress. The document pointed out that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the National Development and Reform Commission and other relevant departments are conducting research on the banning of the sale of traditional fossil fuel-driven vehicles and other related issues in the light of the technological development process and the actual industrial development, and are comprehensively and scientifically comparing and analyzing the potential and role of traditional fuel vehicles and new energy vehicles in terms of technological costs, energy conservation and emission reduction, market demand, and other aspects.
The document pointed out that starting from the country's vast geographical situation and uneven development of the country, we will carry out in-depth and comprehensive analysis and judgment, adapt to local conditions, classify and implement policies, and qualified localities and areas to carry out pilot projects such as urban public transport leasing ahead of substitution and set-up no-travel zones for fossil fuel-driven vehicles. On the basis of success, we will make overall plans to study and draw up a timetable for the withdrawal of fossil fuel-driven vehicles.
China is currently the world's largest automobile market. Accelerating the cultivation and development of energy-saving and new energy vehicles is not only an urgent task to effectively alleviate energy and environmental pressures and promote the sustainable development of the automobile industry, but also a strategic measure to accelerate the transformation and upgrading of the automobile industry, foster new economic growth points and international competitive advantages.
In recent years, China has successively issued a series of planning policies and supporting measures, and established a relatively complete policy system covering technological innovation, R&D and production, fiscal and taxation support, promotion and use, and access supervision, which has made certain achievements in promoting the development of new energy automobile industry.
By the end of 2018, China's new energy vehicle production and sales totaled more than 3 million vehicles, accounting for more than 50% of the global total, ranking first in the world for four consecutive years. On the other hand, while supporting the development of the new energy automobile industry, China also attaches great importance to the development of energy-saving vehicles and adheres to the coordinated development of energy-saving and new energy vehicles.
In the next step, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology will further play the role of the inter-ministerial joint meeting system for energy conservation and new energy vehicle industry development, strengthen overall planning and coordination, step up research and formulation of the "New Energy Vehicle Industry Development Plan (2021-2035)" (hereinafter referred to as the "Plan"), actively play the leading role of the Plan, and promote the high-quality development of China's new energy vehicle industry. (Translation and Editing/Autohome Xiao Ying)