The Japanese government is reportedly considering banning the sale of new internal combustion engine cars by 2030, according to Japanese broadcaster NHK.
By supporting hybrid or all-electric vehicles, Japan will be highly compatible with countries that are “scheduling” to impose similar bans, while honoring plans to cut carbon emissions to 0 by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga by 2050, NHK reported.
Such measures would allow major Japanese brands like Toyota to have more freedom in using R&D resources to deploy EV technologies in their own homeland.
The Japanese Industry Ministry is actually considering a roadmap leading to the fact that all new vehicles sold in the country will be electric vehicles.
An official roadmap could be set later this year, following debates by experts on which milestones to start ending the era of gasoline cars.
Japanese carmakers such as Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi have so far declined to comment on the matter, which makes sense since these decisions have yet to be made officially.
Japan’s market share of all-electric vehicles is expected to increase to 55% by 2030, as battery prices are falling faster than expected, according to a report by consulting firm Boston Consulting Group.
As for other countries, China and South Korea have also recently announced solid targets to end carbon emissions, while authorities in the US, Canada, Norway and Germany have imposed or planned to plans to limit fossil fuel-powered cars.
The EU will generally decide when to apply its restrictions by the end of this year, before the Christmas holiday.