The Japanese government has said it plans to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by the middle of the next decade, although Toyota’s boss recently spoke out against an accelerated transition to electric vehicles due to the negative impact on the car industry.
The plan presented by the Japanese government is similar to the initiatives adopted by California and some large European countries. The sale of gasoline-electric models will be allowed in Japan after 2035, according to the plan.
Government officials say carmakers will have to revise their business models and note that Toyota chief Akio Toyoda also supported the goal of making the Japanese industry carbon neutral by 2035.
A government statement called for all new cars sold from 2030 to be electrified. According to the plan, it is necessary to reduce the prices of batteries so that electric vehicles would cost approximately the same as models with gasoline engines in ten years. At the same time, large investments are planned in the use of wind energy for electricity generation.
The Japanese Ministry of Economy points to a large increase in sales of electric and electrified cars in Europe and China, while Japan lags significantly behind.
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