On September 9, 2017, Xin Guobin—China’s Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology—announced at an auto forum in Tianjin that the government is working on a timeline to end production on gasoline and diesel cars. There’s no concrete policy yet; Guobin only said that regulators have begun the “relevant research” to form and implement it. In addition, China is far from the first country to announce such a goal. However, this recent announcement is particularly significant, since it is coming from the world’s largest car market, which is responsible for close to a third of the globe’s passenger vehicle sales. The Guobin announcement at Tianjin signifies the growing desire to move towards an electricity-powered vehicle-reliant society—and away from fossil-fuel powered automobiles.
For many, the advantages of electric vehicles are hard to ignore. Rather than rely on conventional internal combustion engines, they use power from electric motors. As a result, there are no tailpipe emissions, the absence of engine noise means that the vehicle is much quieter, and the lack of an engine means that it is lighter and provides better handling. Also, because of electric power, such vehicles are more cost-effective and do not need to visit the gas station for refueling. Even with hybrid vehicles—so named because they use gasoline and electricity—the engines are significantly smaller, thus lessening the thirst for fuel and thereby boosting fuel economy far beyond that of traditional gasoline- or diesel-powered cars.
However, the timeline of transition to electric varies with each country that has expressed interest in doing so. In 2016, the Dutch parliament voted to end all fossil fuel-powered cars by 2025; Norway—which is, coincidentally, the leading country in having registered electric vehicles—also has that target date. In June 2017, India set its date at 2030. Both France and Britain announced a 2040 ban date the following month. A little less than a month later, Chancellor Angela Merkel hinted the possibility of her country, Germany, following suit. And in the same month that China announced its intention to phase out gas and diesel cars, Scotland announced its intention to do so by 2032.
As for the United States, it was viewed for a long time as the country most expected to rapidly adopt electricity-based powertrain technology for vehicles. But President Trump’s decision to walk away from the Paris Climate Accord—coupled with his request for a review of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards—does not look too promising, at least for the short term. Moreover, other countries prefer to let consumer buying habits dictate the move they should adopt. There is yet to be a global consensus on the precise year when a transition to electric vehicles will be completed. Ultimately, though, if the known benefits and China’s recent announcement are anything to go by, it’s ultimately a transition that does not seem to be in danger of being reversed anytime soon—or perhaps ever.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.