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China Fossil Fuel Deadline Shifts Focus to Electric Car Race

  • Regulators working on timetable for the ban, official says
  • China joins U.K., France to phase out combustion-engine cars
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China to Phase Out Internal Combustion Engine Cars

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China will set a deadline for automakers to end sales of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, becoming the biggest market to do so in a move that will accelerate the push into the electric car market led by companies including BYD Co. and BAIC Motor Corp.

Xin Guobin, the vice minister of industry and information technology, said the government is working with other regulators on a timetable to end production and sales. The move will have a profound impact on the environment and growth of China’s auto industry, Xin said at an auto forum in Tianjin on Saturday.