28 July, 2017
Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars from 2040 as part of a plan to get them off the roads altogether 10 years later, Environment Minister Michael Gove says. Sweden's Volvo Car Group said that by 2019 all of its cars will have an electric motor, while BMW AG will build an electric version of its iconic Mini compact car in Britain.
The push for zero emissions in Europe also comes as the current USA presidential administration plans to relax emission regulations and claims it will boost the use of fossil fuels.
So far, consumers have shown relatively little interest in electric, or even in hybrid cars, despite the fact that automakers are offering more and more of them. According to analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, almost 80 percent of cars purchased in the U.K.by 2040 would be electric under existing policies. These charges would be seen as a tax on motorists with older petrol and diesel vehicles, and some people don't like new taxes.
The British government said action was needed because gasoline and diesel engines contribute to health problems, "accelerate climate change, do damage to the planet and the next generation".
The plans would set aside £1 billion for ultra-low emissions vehicles, including £100 million for public electric charging infrastructure and plug-in auto grants, and £290 million has been earmarked for retrofitting old public transport and propping up sales of hybrid taxis.More news: Republican Gov Pledges To Stop Chicago Education Funding Bill
"Dearman welcome the government's strong stance on diesel, which is necessary if we are to start tackling Britain's air pollution crisis".
For example, the current in United Kingdom houses is too small at present to allow mass adoption of home charging of electric vehicles.
Campaigners' calls for charging zones have been backed up by an assessment published alongside the draft plans which suggested they were the most effective measures to tackle nitrogen dioxide.
The Financial Times reported "The UK has joined France to set an expiry date for cars that run on fossil fuels", while the Daily Mail reported that "fears were growing" that the National Grid would struggle with the shift in demand from fossil fuels to electricity.
The Government also pledged to establish a Clean Air Fund, which will allow local authorities to bid for additional money to support the implementation of measures to improve air quality.
"If we're expecting people to move into electric vehicles without charge sites, that's just not going to happen", he told 1NEWS. In addition to a new goal for the city to operate a zero-emission public transit system by 2050, a new zero-emission zone for private vehicles will be established by 2025 that will eventually be expanded to encompass the entire city.