China is pushing towards a Greener Environment and controlling fuel emissions from vehicles is among the first steps in doing so.China has banned production of 553 car models, majorly sedans for failure to meet a certain pre-described fuel economy figure. The ban came into effect on 1 January 2018 and includes models from global manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, BMW and General Motors.
China, especially Beijing for that matter, has some of the worst air quality in the world, with only Delhi NCR region of India above it. Although the measure seems strict with such a large of car models banned, it only forms a small percentage of car models manufactured in China by global manufacturers, excluding the various local manufacturers. Moreover, last year the sale of electric vehicles in China grew over 50 percent to over 3.36 lakh units a year and is expected to grow even further in 2018.
China has been able to vastly improve its air quality with a whopping 20 percent reduction of PM 2.5 particles in 2016 as compared 2017. The percentage would be even greater if it was compared to the year 2016. That being said, India must draw inspiration from them and implement such measures as the air quality in the NCR region is degrading day by day.