China’s Hainan Province to ban the sale of gasoline-powered automobiles in 2030
Hainan, the southernmost province of China, also known as the Hainan Island, will ban the sale of traditional gasoline-powered automobiles in 2030, according to an action plan recently released by the province.
Although it was not specified in the plan whether or not hybrid vehicles would also be banned, Hainan’s move marks itself as the first and most adamant province in China to promote green energy vehicles through policy changes.
The Hainan province is outpacing European countries in terms of banning non-electric cars. At an EU environmental meeting at the end of June this year, 27 EU member states jointly agreed on stopping the sale of gasoline cars throughout the EU by 2035.
Currently, the island province has more than 159,000 new-energy vehicles (NEVs), which equates to 8.91% of the total number of cars in Hainan. The province has the second highest NEV ownership rate in China, only falling short of Shanghai. According to the local government’s plan, there will be 45% of vehicles running on batteries in Hainan by 2030.
In addition, in the first half of 2022, Hainan promoted 38,100 new energy vehicles, which completed 76.28% of the province’s annual promotion goal (50,000 vehicles), an increase of 133% year-on-year.
Hainan has a year-round average temperature of 10 Celcius degrees and 33,920 square kilometers of land area, which makes the province ideal for NEVs — the weather isn’t cold enough to damage batteries, and island residents don’t need to constantly recharge their EVs, given the small area of the island.
The government is currently encouraging individuals to switch to NEVs, by offering charging subsidies and an 8000 yuan bonus for disposing of used traditional vehicles.