The British government, yesterday have called for a ban on all petrol and diesel cars from 2040 due to fear that rising emissions pose a significant risk to public health. Ministers defended the ban as they warned that people’s health is continuously being compromised due to poor air quality mostly caused by petrol and diesel cars. The ban will also include hybrid vehicles.
“Poor air quality is the biggest environmental risk to public health in the UK and this government is determined to take strong action in the shortest time possible. That is why we are providing councils with new funding to accelerate development of local plans, as part of an ambitious £3bn programme to clean up dirty air around our roads,” a government spokesman said. The move will see an increase in manufacturing and sale of electric vehicles; which would be the only ones permitted on British roads.
Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, warned that “there is no alternative to embracing new technology.” as experts kicked against the plan, with many warning that the switch to electric cars will place a strain on the National Grid.
A national grid report suggests that demand for electricity could add around 30 gigawatts to the current peak of 62GW, which is an increase of 50%. The extra electricity needed will be the equivalent of almost 10 times the total power output of the new Hinckley Point C nuclear power station being built in Somerset as Britain will become increasingly reliant on imported electricity, which will rise from around 10 per cent of total electricity to around one third, raising questions about energy security.
Electric car brands like Tesla will argue that the technology is available and that demand is also high. Skeptics will point at the added strains charging and extra power demand the move will add to the country