The end in sight for fossil fuels?
In summer 2017, the UK and France announced that sales of new petrol and diesel engined cars will be banned from 2040 onwards. It is expected that the UK will bring this forward to 2030. So the end of personal transport powered by the internal combustion engine is already in sight. Chinese-owned carmaker Volvo announced this summer that from 2019 all of its cars will be either electric or petrol hybrid powered. Volvo’s Chinese owners, Geely, plans to sell a million electric cars by 2025.
In 2020, electric cars are sought after with many models to choose from such as the MG5, the Volkswagen ID 3 and the original electric car that broke the mould - the Tesla.
London has introduced the Emissions Surcharge (commonly known as the T-Charge), which means that drivers of most cars built before 2006 now have to pay an additional £12.50 on top of the £15 per day Congestion Charge they already pay to drive in London’s Congestion Charge Zone. Meanwhile, France’s capital city, Paris has banned all vehicles made before 2000 from its streets in a bid to tackle pollution there, and has had a car-free day each year since 2015. It plans to ban all petrol and diesel cars from its streets by 2030.Read More: The problems of fossil fuels