Japan's government is considering abolishing sales of new gasoline-engine cars by the mid-2030s in favor of hybrid or electric vehicles in line with a global shift from traditionally powered cars, Reuters reports.
The move would follow Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's pledge in October for Japan to slash carbon emissions to zero on a net basis by 2050 and make the country the second G7 nation to set a deadline for phasing out gasoline vehicles in a little over two weeks.
The ministry is considering requiring all new vehicles to be electric cars, including hybrid vehicles, NHK reported earlier, adding that the ministry would finalize a formal target following expert-panel debates as early as the year-end.
In Japan, the share of electric vehicles is expected to increase to 55% in 2030, Boston Consulting Group said in a report on prospects for battery-powered cars.
NEWS.ru earlier reported that Japan's gross domestic product (GDP) grew 21.4 percent year-on-year from July through September 2020.