Environmentalists feel that UK’s proposed ban on non-electric cars is ‘not ambitious enough’
In response to an apparent suggestion in recently leaked reports that a wider ban on sales of non-electric cars is being proposed in the UK, environmentalists have said that the proposed ban is ‘not ambitious enough.’
The reaction of the environmentalists has come in the wake of the proposal to expand UK’s Road to Zero strategy to include hybrid vehicles while implementing a ban on the sales of non-electric vehicles in the country. The Road to Zero strategy is presently being discussed in government and will likely be released in the near future.
The proposals being discussed in the framing of the Road to Zero strategy follow a 2017 announcement that, by the year 2040, there will be a ban in the UK on the sales of all new diesel and petrol cars. The move underscores an effort by the UK authorities to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in the country, in an effort to tackle air pollution and climate change.
According to environmentalists, the proposal that a wider non-EV sales ban should encompass hybrids along with diesel/petrol vehicles by 2040 will not go as far as required by Britain to make a planned switch over to EVs.
Describing the proposal as ‘modest’ as against the targets recommended by environmentalists and government climate advisers, some environmentalist groups have called for a highly ambitious target of 100% EV sales in the UK by 2030.
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