No, the UK Won't Ban New Internal-Combustion Car Sales In 2040

Jul 28, 2017, 00:17
No, the UK Won't Ban New Internal-Combustion Car Sales In 2040

Britain said it would ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 as part of a plan to get them off the roads altogether 10 years later, but officials in Berlin suggested Europe's largest economy would not follow suit.

Speaking to The Car Expert at the recent launch of the new Volvo XC60, Jon Wakefield said that there is now a growing real understanding of what electrification of cars can provide.

Air pollution causes an estimated 40,000 premature deaths each year in the United Kingdom and is linked to health problems including childhood illnesses, heart disease and dementia.

"We cannot continue to use diesel and gasoline cars, not only because of the health problems they pose but also because their emissions mean accelerating climate change, harming our planet and the next generation, "Said Environment Minister Michael Gove on BBC Radio 4".

However, yesterday's declaration struck a more definitive tone, and stated: "The government confirmed today that it will end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040".

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Asked if there was no alternative to more wind farms and nuclear power energy stations, the Scot replied: "There is no alternative to embracing new technology". "Today, electric cars are more expensive and compromised in some ways compared to combustion engines cars".

Electric vehicle customers receive up to £4,500, while hybrid buyers receive a £2,500 contribution towards the auto.

"I think it will be a number of years until there are no petrol or diesel cars around".

The government says 4% of Britain's major roads are in breach of air pollution limits.

A new survey of drivers underscored the challenge as it showed just two per cent meant to choose a fully electric model as their next vehicle compared to 68 per cent who said they planned to choose a petrol auto and 21 per cent a diesel.

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"Dearman welcome the government's strong stance on diesel, which is necessary if we are to start tackling Britain's air pollution crisis".

Aggressive policies like those the United Kingdom has proposed are often seen as major incentives to encourage electric-car purchases.

The plan also includes $1.3 billion for government purchase of ultra-low emissions vehicles, almost $130 million to improve infrastructure for electric vehicle charging stations and $378 million for retrofitting existing vehicles.

"With so many unanswered questions about charging infrastructure, grid capacity and the affordability and availability of electric vehicles, we need a clearer roadmap on the government's 2040 vision". That's why we're calling on the Scottish Government to include the phase out of new diesel and petrol cars by 2030, ten years earlier than proposed by Westminster, in the forthcoming Climate Change Bill.

"It is also a pioneer in zero emission fuel cell technology and it was the first manufacturer to make a fuel cell vehicle commercially available to the United Kingdom market back in October 2014".

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