Ireland needs to phase out diesel and petrol cars, Government told

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Britain will ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 as part of a push to improve air quality and ward off climate change.

Swedish carmaker Volvo has said all new models will have an electric motor from the same year.

The environmental push comes as the United Kingdom plans to invest more than 800 million pounds ($1 billion) in driverless and zero-emission technology and outlined plans to invest 246 million pounds in battery technology research.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: "Today's plan sets out how we will work with local authorities to tackle the effects of roadside pollution caused by dirty diesels, in particular nitrogen dioxide".

It follows a similar announcement earlier in July by the French Government, while German cities including Stuttgart and Munich have also said they are considering banning some diesel vehicles. But instead of being too little, and taking too long, it is more realistic to say that the strategy timetable looks ambitious. Although many electric auto owners have charging points at home, it is only possible if they have a driveway close to their house. According to analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, almost 80 percent of cars purchased in the U.K.by 2040 would be electric under existing policies.

Mr. Khan announced in April the creation of an ultra-low-emission zone (Ulez) from 2019 in London, which will cover all diesel vehicles over four years old and gasoline vehicles over 13 years old who will have to pay 12.50 pounds ($ 20.40 CDN).

The shift globally toward vehicles that are electric powered will create a big upheaval across many sectors from oil companies hit by less demand for gasoline to fuel vehicles to makers of fuel injectors and spark plugs, whose products will not be needed for electric powered vehicles.

To date, we have sold 15 cars here in the United Kingdom and 500 across Europe.

"While nearly 59,000 new green cars were sold in the United Kingdom a year ago, which was up 27%, clearly hybrid was a big part of that". "Until we get more details, it's really hard to understand what the implications really are", said Al Bedwell, a director at LMC Automotive.

Charging zones for the most polluting vehicles is also an option if these measures don't cut emissions enough. As Jalopnik reported this month, the worldwide electric vehicle industry faces fundamental resource constraints like potential shortages of battery materials including lithium and particularly cobalt, which will require a lot of research into scalable alternatives.

"Diesel drivers are not to blame and, to help them switch to cleaner vehicles, the government will consult on a targeted scrappage scheme, one of a number of measures to support motorists affected by local plans", a government spokesman said. The plan is to urge local jurisdictions to reduce emissions first, by fitting diesel vehicles with filters, changing road layouts and removing speed humps. "It always helps to give people the facts, so they can make their own minds up".

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