How will the petrol and diesel ban work in the UK?
Poor air quality is the "biggest environmental risk to public health in the UK" - thought to be linked to about 40,000 premature deaths a year - the government says. While air pollution has been mostly falling, in many cities nitrogen oxides - which form part of the discharge from car exhausts - regularly breach safe levels. Diesel vehicles produce the overwhelming majority of nitrogen oxide gases coming from roadside sources.
The government is under pressure to bring forward this deadline and ban all sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2032, after a report by a parliamentary committee described its plans as "vague and unambitious".
But with electric cars currently accounting for less than 1% of new sales, the switch will mean seismic changes and gives rise to a host of pressing questions.
A number of interesting questions raised at https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40726868 (some with answers) but just like when internal combustion engines replaced electric in the early 1900's the best form of change is just pure economics as electric cars are expected to start to become cheaper than ICE cars in the 2020's.
|How will the petrol and diesel ban work?
A ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars should be brought forward by eight years to 2032, MPs say.