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Sales of petrol and diesel cars to be banned by 2040

28 July 2017, 12:19 | Ruby West

Sales of petrol and diesel cars to be banned by 2040

These countries want to ditch gas and diesel cars

For environmental reasons, Britain will ban all new gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles from its roads beginning in 23 years, a government report says.

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.

According to a study by the Royal College of Physicians, air pollution causes 40,000 early deaths in the United Kingdom every year.

"We can't carry on with diesel and petrol cars", Environment Secretary Michael Gove said.

Banning new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 will not deal with the current "public health emergency" caused by illegal air pollution, the Government has been warned. Under this new regulation, automakers will still be able to sell internal-combustion powered cars, as long as they are hybrids in some capacity. Although many electric auto owners have charging points at home, it is only possible if they have a driveway close to their house.

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

Britain will join other European nations in plans to ban diesel and petrol-fuelled cars in the coming decades, in a move created to force a shake up within the auto industry as governments seek to deal with high levels of air pollution and climate change.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said that the "half-hearted commitment from government simply isn't good enough", while Greenpeace UK's clean air campaigner Areeba Hamid labelled 2040 as "far too late".

British motorists who buy an electric vehicle in the United Kingdom at the moment can benefit from up to £4,500 towards their low-emissions vehicle.

To date, we have sold 15 cars here in the United Kingdom and 500 across Europe.

"We have to get petrol and diesel cars off our roads", Gove said.

Brokers see price parity between electric and non -electric vehicles as early as next year when Tesla's ramp-up hits full swing.

If these measures fail, local authorities could introduce restrictions, such as charging zones, or stopping certain cars from using designated roads at set times. 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.

Though the measure could lead to dramatic cuts in fuel consumption, the measure does little to address the oil demand from airlines and commercial vehicles, he added.

Back in the old days when cars had carburetors and the exhaust fumes from the vehicle ahead of you were so strong you could smell them, people who wanted an early exit from the rigors of life would simply roll down the garage door, start the engine, and go peacefully to their eternal rest, thanks to the toxic stew spewing out of the tailpipe of their internal combustion powered auto. Agustin Valera Medina, senior lecturer at Cardiff University, told us: "The depletion of fossil fuels, energy and the impact on climate change caused by the excessive amount of pollutants emitted to the atmosphere are the main reasons that scientists, industries and governments around the world are seeking to increase their efforts towards using more advanced fuels and vehicles".

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