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Singapore vows to be first in Southeast Asia to ditch petrol cars

City-state sets ambitious plan to fully switch to green vehicles by 2040

BlueSG electric car-sharing vehicles are parked at a charging station during their launch in Singapore.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- The common sight of loud, gas-guzzling Ferraris, Porsches and Lamborghinis zipping around the smoothly-paved roads of wealthy Singapore is set to become a thing of the past.

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said Tuesday that Singapore intended to phase out vehicles with internal combustion engines by 2040, making the city-state the first Southeast Asian country to announce a time frame for kicking petrol and diesel-powered cars to the curb.

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