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David Fickling

Electric Cars Reach a Tipping Point

A hard target from Beijing will be a tipping point for the world auto industry.
Media Preview at the Guangzhou Auto Show
Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Say goodbye to gasoline. The world's slow drift toward electric cars is about to enter full flood.

China, one-third of the world's car market, is working on a timetable to end sales of fossil-fuel-based vehicles, the country's vice minister of industry and information technology, Xin Guobin, told an industry forum in Tianjin on Saturday. That would probably see the country join Norway, France and the U.K. in switching to a wholly electric fleet within the lifetime of most current drivers.