The China-based auto manufacturer BAIC Motor Corp is now aiming to cease sale of its self-developed and self-branded conventionally powered cars by 2025, local sources have reported.
“On the morning of December the 9th, 2017 at the inauguration of the Beijing New Energy Vehicle Technology Innovation Centre, the president of BAIC Group promised to end the sales of BAIC fossil fuelled passenger cars by 2025, making it the second Chinese automaker to make this commitment”.
“BAIC Group, a state-owned enterprise, is the largest Chinese automaker. In 2009, BAIC founded BAIC New Energy Vehicle and began the process of researching and building electric vehicles. …The BAIC EC-Series was the best selling EV in the world in October of this year.”
Xu Heyi, BAIC Group Chairman, promised, “Our goal is: to take the lead in Beijing in 2020 to fully stop our own brand of traditional fuel passenger cars sale to completely discontinue the production and sale of our own brand of traditional fuel passenger cars in China by 2025.”
The company’s plan is reportedly to first stop sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in the heavily polluted capital of Beijing, before then rolling out the shift elsewhere.
It’s not completely clear yet what will happen with regard to the cars made in partnership with Germany’s Daimler and with South Korea’s Hyundai.
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