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Japan Plans Phase-Out of New Gasoline Cars by Mid-2030s

  • Broadcaster NHK reports on government’s carbon neutral push
  • Target seen lifting country’s stalling hybrid and EV market
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All new vehicles sold in Japan by the mid-2030s will be hybrid or electric as the government begins to unveil concrete steps for reaching its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, broadcaster NHK said.

Japan’s economy ministry is targeting “100% electrification” over approximately 15 years, a move that would gradually bump gasoline-engine cars out of the new car market, NHK reported, citing unidentified sources.