FUSCHL AM SEE, Austria, Sept 27 (Reuters) - China may join Britain and France in banning new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 and could set an earlier deadline, the secretary-general of the World Energy Council (WEC) said.
The Asian nation, which has been blighted by pollution, is the world's largest car market.
A government announcement on a decision to ban new cars powered by fossil fuels by 2040 or earlier was "very likely within the next few months," said WEC Secretary-General Christoph Frei at an energy conference in Austria.
"This would be a revolution for the auto industry," he said.
A senior Chinese official said this month the country had begun studying when to ban the production and sale of cars using traditional fuels. He did not give a timeline for an announcement.
China is targeting 35 million vehicle sales by 2025 and wants new energy vehicles (NEVs) to make up at least one-fifth of that total, the Industry Ministry said in April.
(Reporting by Kirsti Knolle; Editing by Edmund Blair)