The UK Wants To Ban Combustion Engines
Article from The Daily Caller by Tim Pearce.
The United Kingdom released a plan Monday outlining its strategy for banning vehicles with gas and diesel-powered engines from British highways by 2040.
The U.K. government announced its intent to ban or severely restrict combustion engines by 2040 in July 2017. At the time, auto manufacturers feared the initiative would push carmakers too far too quickly, rushing them to get compliant cars on the road. Environmentalists argued the opposite, saying that U.K. citizens were already feeling the negative effects of pollution.
The plan is equivalent to a nearly $2-billion investment in the British transportation system. The 147-page plan includes new funding and programs for public transit to shift to battery-powered vehicles, crafts new regulations constricting the sale of fossil fuel powered engines and invests in numerous infrastructure projects installing vehicle charging stations all over the country. New homes built in England will also be required to install a charging station in the garage, according to the document.
“Our mission is to put the U.K. at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles, and for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040,” the document says, laying out the government’s long-term goals. “We will end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040. By then, we expect the majority of new cars and vans sold to be 100% zero emission and all new cars and vans to have significant zero emission capability.”
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