Japan to stop selling diesel and petrol cars from 2035!
Japan joins the ranks of countries that plan to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions, the country will make all new cars sold in the country by 2035, environmentally friendly vehicles.
In 2018, automobile exhaust emissions accounted for 16% of Japan’s total carbon dioxide emissions, while the total carbon dioxide emissions of airplanes, ships and trains accounted for only 3% or less.
Currently, Japan requires automakers to increase the fuel efficiency of their cars by 30%, before the end of fiscal 2030. However, the Japanese government now believes that if the country wants to achieve the goal of zero emissions, it is necessary to adopt more stringent measures.
The Japanese government is preparing to phase out the sale of diesel and petrol cars, to facilitate the transition to more environmentally sustainable mobility. The Japanese media anticipate this – citing executive sources, explaining that the government’s objective will be formalized by the end of this year, after a series of in-depth studies by a commission of experts and the entry into force of the call for cars that use exclusively fossil fuels, should happen by 2035.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, is considering to stop selling traditional cars powered by internal combustion engines from 2035 and instead sell hybrid and electric cars. The government plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by mandating the use of electrified vehicles, allowing the country to take a crucial step towards this ideal.
The decision follows the announcement in late October 2020, by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, without however providing specific details and a similar one in mid-November taken by his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, against the UK sales of any new diesel and petrol cars from 2030, with a limited extension to 2035 for next generation hybrid models.
Sales of low-emission passenger cars in Japan, including those with hybrid engines, did not exceed 40% of the total in 2019.
At present, many countries and regions have stated that they plan to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles from 2030 and instead promote electric vehicles.
In Japan, hybrid vehicles are also considered environmentally friendly models and the government will not ban their sales. Toyota and other automakers have adopted advanced hybrid systems as the backbone of their new energy strategy, which is in line with the UK’s 2035 ban on diesel and petrol cars.