The Lowdown on the Petrol and Diesel 2040 Ban
During the middle of 2017, the government announced its plan to cease the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 in order to tackle air pollution. Whilst an brief outcry was heard from the public following the news, a year on from the announcement and we haven’t heard much about how the governments plans to implement the ban. Since electric cars currently account for less than 1% of new sales, the team here at V12 Sports and Classics want to ensure that our clients understand everything they need to know. Read on to find out more information…
Improving Air Quality
Following a similar pledge in France, the British government decided in 2017 that our poor air quality was being caused by a reliance on petrol and diesel vehicles. In fact, Ministers stated that they believe the poor air quality caused by vehicle pollution poses the largest risk to the public’s health and said that the ban was therefore more than necessary. Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, warned that Britain cannot continue with the current levels of air pollution and went on record stating that ‘there is no alternative than embracing new technology’.
National Grid Demand
Whilst the idea of a petrol and diesel ban seems effective on paper, there have been increasing worries over how the National Grid would be able to cope with the increase in demand. After all, electric vehicles aren’t exactly widespread in 2018 and statistics show that they are already straining the grid. In fact, a report by Green Alliance warned that just six electric vehicles charging at the same time in the same area could lead to localised power drops.
Since petrol and diesel vehicles are still legal until 2040 the government has been finding other ways to try and reduce air pollution in the meantime. In fact, the city of Leeds recently proposed the introduction of an ‘emissions fee’ for HGV’s, buses and coaches entering their new ‘clean air zone’. Facing fees up to £50 a day, the charge will apply to any HGV and bus that doesn’t meet the Euro 6 standards of diesel or Euro 4 standards for petrol.
With only 11 of our vehicles currently offering electric power, it is understandable that tensions are high following last years 2040 ban revelation. Of course, it is important to remember that hybrid vehicles will not be included in the Road to Zero strategy and with the ban over 22 years away, there is plenty of time to prepare! Here at V12, our extensive range of used cars may rely on petrol and diesel but they are some of the smoothest on the road. Get in contact with a member of the team to find out more information today!