The UK government have announced plans to ban the sale of diesel and petrol cars in the UK by 2040, part of the 'Air Quality Plan'. This announcement is a milestone in the shift towards electric cars, which currently accounts for less than 1 per cent of UK sales.
Where Has This Ban Come From?
The government have stated that poor air quality is the "biggest risk to public health in the UK". Nitrogen oxides which form part of the discharge from car exhausts are the main concern as they regularly breach safety levels. Diesel vehicles are the main suspect in producing the most nitrogen oxides.
The Rise of Hybrid & Electric Cars
This announcement is a major milestone in the switch to electric cars which currently account for 1% of UK sales. Luckily for Hybrid vehicles (a combination of Petrol & Electric) they will not face the ban.
JLR's Range Rover Sport Plug in Hybrid - Photo via TopGear.com
We have seen many major car brands announcing their plans to introduce an electric or hybrid model to their product range such as Jaguar Land Rover's plug in Range Rover Sport. Many have already made the switch such as BMW with their i range including the i3 and i8.
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