- Post by Admin on sunday, March 05, 2015
Britain will ban the sale of petrol and diesel-fuelled cars from 2040 when all vehicles must be fully electric, British newspapers reported on Wednesday. The ban, which follows a similar one in France, is part of the government's much-anticipated clean air plan, UK's Guardian newspaper also reported.
The government warned that the move was needed because of the unnecessary and avoidable impact that poor air quality was having on people's health. German carmaker BMW immediately announced that it had chosen its plant in Oxford, England as the location to produce an electric Mini from 2019. Earlier this month, Volvo also announced that all its car models launched after 2019 will be electric or hybrids.
The centerpiece of the UK's plan is to ban diesel and petrol sales completely by 2040, according to reports. By implication, the new policy could lower UK's dependence on energy imports from European neighbours and Africa particularly Nigeria, Daily Trust findings showed.