It is easy to ignore new policies at the city or province level since cities and provinces are “small” compared to states and countries. That said, some are huge. Hainan Province may not be a household name in the United States or Europe, but it is indeed a jurisdiction of more than 9 million people. In terms of population, it’s almost as big as the state of Michigan. More people live there than Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Delaware, Rhode Island, Montana and Maine… combined. It is home to more people than Austria, Switzerland, Serbia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Slovakia, Norway and many other countries. So yes, a big new policy for Hainan Province is a big new policy.
The recent news from Hainan is that the province is banning sales of new fossil fuel vehicles by 2030. This is one of the most aggressive targets.
“By 2030, sales of ICE vehicles will be completely banned on Hainan Island, the provincial government said in a released carbon spike implementation plan. [this week].
“By then, vehicles in Hainan’s utilities and operational sectors will be powered entirely by clean energy, except for special uses,” the document said, adding that 100 percent of new and replacement vehicles in the private sector will be New Energy Vehicles (NEV). .”
China is already the undisputed market leader in terms of monthly electric vehicle sales, but this news from Hainan also shows the importance of strong municipal action.
“Hainan will accelerate the use of clean energy in the transportation sector, focusing on light logistics and distribution, urban sanitation, rental cars, transport vehicles and other areas, to promote the replacement of ICE vehicles with NEVs.
“By 2025, 100 percent of new and replacement vehicles in Hainan’s utility sector and operational sector will use clean energy, according to the document.
Kudos to Hainan. Let’s see who’s next.
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