Britain to ban petrol and diesel car sales from 2040

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Sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans are set to be banned from 2040 as part of efforts to tackle air quality issues, under plans due to be announced by the UK Government.

The move would see all new models on sale from that date need to be electrified, with models powered by petrol or diesel alone banned. Plans state: “The government will end the sale of all conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040″.

According to the government’s classifications of how cars are powered, there are categories for petrol, diesel, and alternatively fuelled vehicles. This last category includes both PHEV models and conventional hybrids – such as the Toyota Prius – alongside zero-tailpipe emission powertrains such as pure-EVs and hydrogen fuel cell cars.

The proposal will be put forward as part of the Clean Air Strategy, due to be published later today before a High Court deadline of 31st July. The total cost of proposals is around £3 billion, with £255 million available to help councils tackle diesel emissions at a local level.

Details will hopefully be made clearer with the publication of the plans, and the latest set of proposals gaining more respect from campaigners after a number of drafts deemed to be illegal by the High Court.

Previous proposals such as traffic easing measures and clean air zones will remain from the previous draft, but the new ban follows France’s lead in talking more significant action against petrol and diesel car sales.

A diesel scrappage scheme is expected to be considered, but after continued consultation. Ministers are conscious of not alienating and punishing a large number of drivers that were encouraged to buy diesel cars no so long ago.

The proposals are boosted by recent announcements such as BMW’s confirmation that the electric Mini will be built in Oxford, Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to electric cars such as the I-Pace, Volvo’s move to only build electrified models from 2019, and electric plans from other British-based manufacturers and those with factories here.

France to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040

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The French government has announced plans to ban the sale of petrol and diesel powered cars by 2040, in a move that is expected to prove a significant boost for the electric car market.

The measures were announced by Nicolas Hulot, the new French Environment Minister, and form part of the country’s plans to meet the Paris agreement climate targets.

Announced just a day after Volvo hit the headlines with the company’s announcement that all new models from 2019 onward would only be available as electrified models, Hulot considers the move to be a challenge, and acknowledged that it would put pressure on French manufacturers.

However, it seems as though the national automotive industry has been consulted on the move since Hulot stated that the manufacturers have plans that can match this aim.

Renault is already a leading EV manufacturer, and the PSA Group – which includes Peugeot, Citroen, DS Automobiles, and soon Opel/Vauxhall – has previously announced ambitious electric vehicle targets.

Plans will see a scrappage scheme introduced to promote cleaner cars, though it is not yet clear whether the announcement meant a ban on all but pure-electric vehicles, or whether hybrid models would still be allowed to be sold.

France is just one country to plan a ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars, with the Netherlands, Norway, and India all announcing proposals for similar measures. However, Hulot’s announcement is either on a far larger scale than that of the Dutch and Norwegian proposals because of the size of the country, or more concrete than India’s plans.

The UK has plans that nearly all new cars and vans on sale by 2040 to be zero-emission, though there are currently no expectations that this commitment will be put into law