Chinese carmaker BAIC Motor Corp aims to stop selling own-branded conventional fuel-powered cars by 2025, China Daily said on Tuesday, amid a major push by Beijing to shift automakers toward electric and plug-in hybrid cars, Reuters reports. BAIC, which also makes vehicles in partnership with South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor Co and Germany’s Daimler AG, plans to stop sales of conventional petrol engine cars first in Beijing and then nationwide.
“Our goal is to stop sales of self-developed conventional fuel-powered cars in Beijing by 2020 and stop their production and sales nationwide by 2025,” the newspaper quoted BAIC Chairman Xu Heyi as saying. China has set strict quotas for electric and plug-in hybrid cars that come into play by 2019, shaking up domestic and international carmakers in the world’s largest auto market. Beijing wants so-called new-energy vehicles (NEVs) to make up at least a fifth of Chinese auto sales by 2025.