Japan Wants To Ban Gasoline-Powered Vehicles

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Another country has joined a growing list.

Not so long ago, Europe banned sales of new muscle cars like the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 due to their failure to meet ever-stricter emissions standards. Lucky for Europe, the new 2021 Mustang Mach 1 is fuel-efficient enough that it avoids the ban, but in a few years time, it won't matter; a number of countries are pledging to ban gasoline-powered passenger cars in general. Most recently, the UK announced its intention to ban all internal combustion-powered car sales, possibly by 2030, after the US state of California announced a pledge to do the same by 2035.

Now, we can add Japan to the list.

Reuters reports that the Land of the Rising Sun could enact an internal combustion car ban by the mid-2030s as part of a broader government plan to cut carbon emissions to zero on a net basis by 2050. Japan intends to issue a more detailed plan for its combustion engine ban by the end of the year.

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The fact that two G7 nations share this same goal hasn't gone unnoticed by automakers. GM recently announced plans to speed up the introduction of up to 30 new all-electric vehicles globally by 2025. Volkswagen Group's laser-like focus on surpassing Tesla as the world's dominant EV automaker in terms of both product and technology continues to intensify.

Meanwhile, Ford recently issued a somewhat controversial plea to all automakers urging them to support California's new zero-emissions standards before President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20, 2021.

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Major Japanese automakers like Toyota, Honda, and Nissan have yet to comment on the Reuters report. However, all three have major R&D centers in their home country where electric vehicle technology development is already well underway and new products are set to go on sale soon - cars like the hydrogen fuel cell-powered 2021 Toyota Mirai. However, none of these automakers have made bold announcements on par with Ford, GM, and VW regarding going all-electric.

At most, some of their executives have noted new industry trends, but have stopped short of declaring a complete combustion engine phase-out. The Japanese government's upcoming ban might just force their hand.

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