12 Sep 2017

Chinese govt signals ban on petrol, diesel vehicles

From Morning Report, 8:43 am on 12 September 2017

China, the world's biggest car sales market, has become the latest country to say it will ban the future sale of diesel and petrol vehicles.

Toyota New Zealand chief executive Alistair Davis joins us to discuss the future for New Zealand's vehicles.

He says the end of the combustion engine is "a wee way yet". He says plug-in cars are about one percent of the total of cars on roads. 

Volvo says it's cars will all be hybrid or electric by 2020. Toyota hasn't set a target like that, but Mr Davis says they've been building hybrids and electrics since the 1990s. 

Toyota's target is to reduce its emissions by 90 percent by 2050. "We haven't determined on one silver bullet."