A ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars could be brought forward by five years to accelerate the take-up of electric vehicles, according to the transport secretary. Grant Shapps said that the government’s target to ensure all new cars are zero-emission models by 2040 may be shifted to 2035 under new plans. The move is likely to prove controversial with the motor industry which has repeatedly criticised plans to impose an all-out ban on new petrol and diesel cars, insisting that new models are considerably cleaner than those manufactured in the past. Environmentalists have previously said the existing target was unambitious and pointed to other countries which are imposing much earlier bans on cars powered by fossil fuels. It is hoped that bringing forward the target in the UK will help further accelerate the sale of zero-emission cars.
Times 1st Oct 2019 read more »
Picture the scene. You are driving home in your zippy electric car and need to recharge the batteries. Two lamp posts on your street have chargers unobtrusively installed, making this vehicle the perfect purchase. No trips to the petrol station, no car tax, no eco-guilt. Unfortunately the parking spaces are taken by petrol cars. So you head a few streets over to the nearest rapid charging station. Luckily it has an unoccupied reserved parking space. You plug in, pay up and can at last put your feet up for the evening – after walking home through the autumn rain. And you have to move the car later once it has charged up. This does not sound fun, but you may have little choice about it in future if the UK is to slash net carbon emissions to zero by 2050 as the Government hopes, or 2030 under Labour. Here is how you – and the economy – might have to change to achieve that goal.
Telegraph 27th Sept 2019 read more »