By Azania Post Reporter
IN an effort to reduce pollution and carbon China has joined two European countries to ban production and sale of diesel and petrol cars.
Already, United Kingdom and France have announced plans to ban new diesel and petrol vehicles by the year 2040 due to the said effects.
China's vice minister of industry said it had started "relevant research" but that it had not yet decided when the ban would come into force.
"Those measures will certainly bring profound changes for our car industry's development," Xin Guobin told Xinhua, China's official news agency
China made 28 million cars last year, almost a third of the global total.
Chinese-owned carmaker Volvo said in July that all its new car models would have an electric motor from 2019.
Other global car firms including Renault-Nissan, Ford and General Motors are all working to develop electric cars in China.
Automakers are jostling for a slice of the growing Chinese market ahead of the introduction of new rules designed to fight pollution.
China wants electric battery cars and plug-in hybrids to account for at least one-fifth of its vehicle sales by 2025.
The proposals would require 8% of automakers' sales to be battery electric or plug-in hybrids by next year, rising to 12% in 2020.