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Taiwan Could End Sales of Non-electric Vehicles by 2040

Dec. 22, 2017, 6:14 PMUpdated: Dec. 22, 2017, 6:49 PM

Non-electric vehicles could become a rare species in Taiwan in the coming decades.

Taiwan is expecting to ban the sale of non-electric motorcycles by 2035 and non-electric automobiles by 2040, according to an action plan unveiled by the Cabinet, the government’s executive branch, to control air pollution.

“The government will replace all government vehicles and public buses nationwide with electric cars by 2030,” Premier Lai Ching-te said Dec. 21 at a news conference.

Currently, Taiwan has about 10,000 public buses, including 250 that run on electricity.

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