As it follows in the footsteps of many European countries.
A little while ago, Ford’s Mustang Shelby GT500 was banned from sale in Europe after failing to meet the evergrowing emissions regulations – and that’s just the beginning. In a few years time, a number of countries in Europe will be imposing a total internal combustion engine ban for passenger cars, and places like the UK and California have recently joined the list with the intention of banning ICE by 2030/2035 respectively.
Reuters has now reported that Japan could soon join the growing list of ICE banning countries, should it enact the government’s current plan to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.
Major manufacturers like Toyota, Nissan and Honda are yet to speak about this report, but most Japanese automakers have already invested into research and development facilities for electric and hydrogen technology. We expect to see a rise in EV and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on the market in the coming years, however none of these manufacturers have outlined a plan to phase out the ICE just yet.
The companies are likely reluctant to make the total powertrain switch, however the Japanese government’s upcoming ICE ban might just force them to do so. It’s reported that an official update on the topic will be announced by Japan by the end of this month.