Speaking to The Car Expert at the recent launch of the new Volvo XC60, Jon Wakefield said that there is now a growing real understanding of what electrification of cars can provide.
Britain's high levels of air pollution, estimated to cause 40,000 deaths a year, has come under close scrutiny in recent years, with London breaching its annual air pollution limits under European Union rules just 117 hours into 2017.
The UK government has published its plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide, which includes banning the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars as of 2040. But instead of being too little, and taking too long, it is more realistic to say that the strategy timetable looks ambitious.
The aim of pushing the whole driving public towards electric-powered cars in the next couple of decades is "pie in the sky", according to DUP MP Sammy Wilson. "However, much depends on the cost of these new technologies and how willing consumers are to adopt battery, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen cars".
Green Party leader Steven Agnew, MLA for North Down, said of the announcement: "Around 500 people die in Northern Ireland every year from respiratory conditions linked to poor air quality".Читайте также: International Monetary Fund raises Italy growth forecasts (3)
It is to be seen as to how this would affect the present auto makers who are anyways shifting slowly towards making hybrid and electric vehicles.
We can't carry on with diesel and petrol cars.
And this week, German carmaker BMW said an all-electric Mini would join the fleet of vehicles produced at its Oxford, England, plant in 2019.
In April the NI Affairs Committee at Westminster reported that we will need more energy than can be supplied in 2021, prompting fears of an energy crisis here.
If the recommended measures are not sufficient to ensure legal compliance, local authorities can consider introducing restrictions on polluting vehicles using affected roads or introducing charging.
For the automotive industry, bringing to an end the era of vehicles powered by fossil-fuels poses a big challenge that not all are welcoming.
"The number of diesel and petrol cars on our roads is known to be a major contributor to air pollution levels".
Earlier this month, tIt comes after the company that runs Britain's electricity network suggested electric vehicles could create as much as 18 gigawatts of additional demand for electricity at peak times by 2050; the equivalent of almost six Hinkley Point nuclear power stations.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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