Driving Innovation … The Ban of Diesel & Petrol Cars

by | Aug 3, 2017

The British Government plans to ban the sale of all petrol and diesel cars from 2040 as part of the Clean Air Plan. The decision has been made following the rise of nitrogen oxide released from vehicles which regularly breaches safety levels and poses a major risk to health. It is estimated that poor air quality in the UK relates to around 40,000 premature deaths each year. It is hoped that the plans will increase the sales of electric and hybrid vehicles.

The Clean Air Plan is likely to include many other measures aimed at improving the air quality in Britain’s towns and cities.  Clean air zones have been considered, in these zones the most polluting cars will be charged for using the road. However, if possible the Government would like to avoid this measure as it does not want motorists to feel like they are being punished. Councils will be encouraged to remove speed bumps, as the constant slowing down and speeding up of vehicles is when most emissions are released. Furthermore, traffic lights may be sequenced so that drivers sticking to the speed limit continuously arrive at green lights.

Currently, in the UK there are over 4500 charging locations, if these plans go ahead this number will have to be dramatically increased.  As part of the plans £100m will be invested into Britain’s charging infrastructure to cope with the increase in demand. The increase of electric cars on the road is expected to put a large amount of pressure on the National Grid increasing the annual demand by 30 GW.

Could these plans force innovation?

If these plans go ahead there will have to be an increase in the number of electric and hybrid vehicles on the road. As the sales of petrol and diesel cars drop we can expect to see a rise in the amount of money invested into the development of electric and hybrid vehicles. Hopefully this will lead to new and innovative vehicles taking to Britain’s streets as well as a rise in the variety of electric and hybrid vehicles available to customers.

Not only this but with plans set to change how our road networks function and with changes made to cope with the demand, can we expect to see innovation across the whole of the transport sector?


Britain… On the road to innovation and a greener future.