New Gas Vehicles And Diesel Cars Sales To Be Banned In The UK By 2035

Boris Johnson’s latest announcement on the car Industry

England is going to restrict the sale of diesel, new gas, and vehicles of hybrid nature from 2035, five years ahead of the previously targeted 2040, in an effort to contain the growing fossil fuel emissions and reducing pollution of air. The nation’s progression marks a triumph for electric vehicles and if the policy is followed by other nations of the globe as well, it will not only transform the whole car industry but will directly hit the traditional oil-producing nations.

The United Kingdom is not alone following the progression, but various other nations too are seriously contemplating the idea and are working on plans to restrict these kinds of vehicles in the coming decade or two, which are considered a threat to the environment. The other nations which too have expressed their intention to ban these vehicles include France, which is planning to restrict conventional fuel-powered cars by 2040, while Norway's Parliament has outlined a deadline of 2025 when the nation should have all its cars with zero emission.

A year ago, the U.K. promised to reduce its ozone harming emissions to net-zero by 2050. The restrictions on the sale of new gas and diesel vehicles fit into that objective. This time the government for the first time has included hybrid vehicles under the restrictions, which may help in further preponing the target. In a statement, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that they, as a nation, as a general public, as a planet, as an animal species, should now act.

The proposals are noteworthy proposition but will have to go through lots of deliberations. With the latest restrictions on the sale of the hybrid vehicles is going to impact a large number of carmakers, who till now have been luring the customers to a greener way commuting. Though at the same time there are lots of vehicle manufacturers and brands like Jaguar, which is now moving towards EVs and have introduced a full EV model as well.

How will the ban work?

The ban is being preponed to the year 2035, being brought ahead by around five years as opposed to what was the previously planned year of 2040. Industry experts are of the view that the first objective of 2040 would be past the point of no return if the UK needed to accomplish its objective of discharging for all intents and purposes zero carbon by 2050. The restriction has additionally been widened to hybrid vehicles and module cross breeds, which were not included under the first recommendations. Therefore, individuals will have the option to purchase just electric or hydrogen vehicles as per the latest plan.

This ban will be extremely important because UK is the source of approximately one third of the world’s total carbon emissions coming from transportation. Emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) - which comes from the vehicle, crossing safe levels in various urban regions. Diesel vehicles are considered to be producing the highest amount of NOx gases. So, prohibiting oil and diesel vehicles would help bring air quality within limits set out by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The UK has joined the club of other European government who are showing seriousness about gas-controlled vehicles to handle the atmosphere emergency. France is hoping to restrict the sale of petroleum fuelled vehicles by 2040, and Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico intend to disallow diesel vehicles from their downtown areas by 2025. Gas and diesel vehicles despite all the concerns make up around 90 per cent of vehicle sales in Britain, however, interest for electric autos has gradually been increasing. The nation's three top of the line electric vehicles are made by Tesla, Mitsubishi and BMW.

The Ascent of Electric Vehicles

In the latter half of the passing decade, there has been a consistent effort from governments and businesses around the world, to move from being carbon-producing entities to becoming carbon neutral entities, a shift that has been primarily driven by pressure from lobbies around the world to curb climate change. This shift has also affected the world’s biggest automotive companies as well as luxury car makers, who are now looking to shift their strategies from designing and manufacturing vehicles running on fossil fuels, which have had an adverse effect on the environment, to producing electric vehicles, which can contribute to them becoming carbon neutral.

The plans have brought about an abrupt lift in electric vehicle (EV) consideration. Some believe this to be a phenomenal progression in expelling fossil-fuelled vehicles, others, are not much convinced with the idea. Not all the responses that have been raised can be called sensible, as the carbon commitment identified with the EVs or battery generation may be high, however, it has just been discussed, it will be neutralised considerably quicker if EVs use environmentally friendly power life. The way toward computing carbon creations and neutralisations is somewhat ponderous, as it depends upon what sources are used for charging for Electric vehicle, just as for battery generation.

In the United Kingdom, for the month of January 2020, the diesel car registrations declined massively by 36 per cent year on year and were reported to be at 29,605 as compared to 46,264 in January 2019. The market share of Diesel vehicle registrations also reduced drastically from 28.7 per cent to 19.8 per cent. This was evenly spread across all the Electric vehicles segments, who all saw a decent rise in the number of registrations. The petrol car registrations were also down by approximately 9.5 per cent year on year and were reported at 91,836 for the Month of January 2020. Even the Petrol segment car registrations’ market share was lower from 63.0 per cent in January 2019 to 61.50 per cent in January 2020.

Car Industry’s reaction to Boris Johnson’s announcement

Vehicle manufacturers in the United Kingdom do not seem much impressed by this move of the government, as one of the respondents said that at such a critical time, the government has seemingly moved the goalposts for consumers and industry. Some of them feel that the country would not be able to meet the deadline of 2035 to shift their entire production to electric vehicles, as the rate at which the demand is increasing is already high and some estimates suggest it will increase further, and the industry will find it difficult to be meet through the given deadline. Simply because of the lack of capital investment by both private players in the industry, as well as the government’s spending on the infrastructure that could support the production estimates. Though, some experts have stated that we need to wait and watch and focus on how government plans to fulfil its ambitions in a way to deliver air quality and climate change goals now.