Looks like China is joining the push to eCars.
China to phase out fuel cars in favour of electric vehicles
China’s industry ministry is developing plans to phase out the sale of fuel-powered vehicles and promote electric vehicle technology, according to state media.
By Jonathan Chadwick | September 11, 2017 — 05:44 GMT (06:44 BST)
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is developing a time frame for ending the construction and sale of fuel cars as it makes the transition to electric vehicles (EVs), according to state media citing a Cabinet official.
Deputy industry minister Xin Guobin said at an auto industry forum on Saturday that his ministry has begun “research on formulating a timetable to stop production and sales of traditional energy vehicles”, according to Xinhua News Agency, such as gasoline and diesel cars. No specific target dates were given in the reports, however.
China is the biggest auto market in the world by number of vehicles sold, meaning such a policy change could have a sizeable effect on the global industry.
The country joins France and Britain in their plans to oust fuel cars, both of which announced goals in July to completely stop sales of gasoline and diesel automobiles by 2040 to reduce pollution and carbon emissions.
I can’t help but think there are ulterior motives in this. More demand for the “Rare Earth” elements they produce. More demand for cheap electric gear they produce. Less foreign exchange going to buying oil from Arabs. More control of the population (monitor charging and you monitor movement and location, shut off charging rights and you ‘brick’ folks you don’t like…)
I wonder just how long it will take to have folks realize that the Governments of the world are tightening the noose on the liberty and freedom of movement brought by the gasoline car…
Well, looks like I’m going to get my Diesel Wagon fixed back up. (It ‘spun’ #2 bearing a few years back). I can make my own Diesel and I expect it to be available for a very long time anyway since replacing the trucking fleet is far far away… Oh, and it also loves Jet-A ;-)
So I’m “set” for the rest of my life with a great car with broad fuel choices.
(My Sedan is going to outlive me already ;-)
From the Tesla description we see that they track your charging via their billing process:
Supercharging is simple and convenient—just plug in and charge up. Supercharging history is automatically populated in your Tesla Account showing the credits used or, if applicable, the amount billed. Tesla is committed to ensuring that Supercharger will never be a profit center.
Think it might ever be an issue to have Government TLAs watching where you charge up and when? How about WHEN the data gets hacked? Think anyone might want to know when you are out of area and not going to be back for a few days? I can see a large demand for that information by both TLAs and home robbery gangs. And the PRC Commissars…
Sigh. So many people paying so little attention to risks and hazards, both from non-Government bad guys and from governments. Anonymity and freedom are antithetical to the Government Type.
This will also have lots of implications for various car makers. Tesla will “suddenly” get lots of competition as everyone wanting to sell cars in China will need an eCar line. I suppose the big question is just how much Government can force folks into buying eCars if we don’t want them…