In 2040, the United Kingdom is going to prohibit the sale of vehicles with combustion engines
The British environment minister Michael Gove announced that in 2040, the United Kingdom is going to ban the sale of new vehicles with combustion engines.
Within less than a month after France announced the "revolution" planned for 2040, the United Kingdom followed its steps. The British environment minister Michael Gove announced that from 2040 new diesel and petrol vehicles as well as hybrid cars with electric engines and combustion engine will not be sold.
Currently, according to the newspaper "The Times", only 1% of vehicles in the UK are powered solely by electric energy.
For the good of the environment
The British government wants to use the ban to fight environmental pollution. The United Kingdom is one of the 17 countries if the European Union that do not meet the annual nitrogen dioxide emissions targets.
We can no longer rely only on cars with combustion engines. It is important that we all make significant changes. It is not only about health problems related to the pollution emission, but also about broader spectrum of problems related to global warming," said Michael Gove, British Secretary of State for the Environment.
What is the response of the auto-moto industry?
The implementation of these plans will be a significant challenge, in particular for the automotive industry.
"We can weaken the British car industry if we do not give ourselves enough time to adjust to future regulations", said Mike Hawes, head of the Society of Motor Producers and Traders.
"Total bans pose the risk of huge losses for the whole automotive market. You have to remember that this sector in the UK consists of more than 800 thousand job positions," added Hawes.
"The automotive industry expects that instead of prohibitions, the Government will take a positive attitude and provide a range of consumer incentives encouraging people to buy electric cars," he emphasised.