Now it's seeking to cut back on its reliance on imported oil, as the world's second-largest consumer, behind the US. "The ministry has also started relevant research and will make such a timeline with relevant departments", said Xin Guobin vice minister of industry and information technology. Countries like France and the United Kingdom have already announced a ban on the sales of fuel-burning cars at some point in the future, the furthest away being 2040.
Will China become the next country to ban conventional diesels and petrols?
India: The government said earlier this year that every vehicle sold in the country should be powered by electricity by 2030.
He added: "If China says no more ICE (internal combustion engines), the rest of the world will follow because the rest of the world can't lose China's market".
Last month, state oil major China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) said China's energy demand will peak by 2040, later than the previous forecast of 2035, as transportation fuel consumption rises through the middle of the century.
It is also the largest producer of and market for new-energy vehicles, with more than 500,000 built and sold a year ago.
Today, China is the world's largest auto market with 35.53 million cars and light vehicles sold domestically in 2016.
GM, Volkswagen, Ford, Daimler and many other automakers also have plans to beef up NEVs production.
Norway: The government's transportation plan outlines a clear target: All new passenger cars and vans sold in 2025 should be zero-emission vehicles. However, automakers would be required to cease the sale of fossil fuel cars in order to drive more electrified vehicles sales.
China is planning to ban the production of diesel and petrol cars, a move which is of serious source of concern for Nigeria.
Guolin predicted that the auto industry will be going through some "turbulent times", the Xinhua report said.
However, what is official is that by 2025, the country wants to make electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) cars account for at least a fifth of new cars sold.