UK's Ban of Diesel and Petrol Cars

UK's Ban of Diesel and Petrol Cars”

The government was poised to reveal proposals to ban the sale of petrol and diesel-fuelled cars from 2040 when all vehicles must be fully electric as part of a plan to clean air pollution.

Swedish carmaker Volvo has said all new models will have an electric motor from the same year.

Air pollution causes an estimated 40,000 premature deaths a year in the United Kingdom and linked to health problems from childhood illnesses to heart disease and even 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".

It follows a similar announcement earlier this month by the French government, while German cities including Stuttgart and Munich have also said they are considering banning some diesel vehicles.

Apart from what he said are the "massive" investments required to build new infrastructure, Alan Gelder, the group's senior vice president for refinery and chemicals research, said the strain on the grid would be significant.

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After that date, automakers will only be allowed to sell cars that run on electricity or other cleaner power.

The share of cars powered by electric, hybrid and alternative fuels in France is small - about 4% - but growing fast.

There are now over four-thousand electric vehicles on New Zealand roads, with those numbers set to increase in the coming years. "This will allow the government to require the installation of charge points for electric vehicles at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers, and to make it even easier to use electric vehicle chargepoints across the United Kingdom".

It is to be seen as to how this would affect the present auto makers who are anyways shifting slowly towards making hybrid and electric vehicles. However, to wean ourselves off petrol and diesel cars, we need the electric vehicle to perform at a level that is a long way out of its reach at present.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said the commitment to phase out sales of diesel cars was "welcome", but "Londoners suffering right now simply can't afford to wait until 2040".

And this week, German carmaker BMW said an all-electric Mini would join the fleet of vehicles produced at its Oxford, England, plant in 2019.

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GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly warned against "demonizing" diesel engines, a German government spokeswoman said yesterday after Britain announced a plan to ban combustion-powered cars by 2040.

Charging zones for the most polluting vehicles is also an option if these measures don't cut emissions enough.

Measures would be funded by taxes on new diesel cars alongside existing departmental budgets, the plans say.

The industry, though, appears to be turning more quickly to electric vehicles.

"Ending the dominance of fossil fuel vehicles will reduce emissions, clean up our polluted air and tackle a public health crisis".

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