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28 July 2017, 12:15 | Vickie Mathis
No new diesel and petrol cars by 2040
The document, published today, says the aim is to ban the sale of all diesel and petrol vehicles from 2040, in an effort to make "almost every auto and van on the roads" zero-emission by 2050.
The environmental push comes as the United Kingdom plans to invest more than 800 million pounds ($1 billion) in driverless and zero-emission technology and outlined plans to invest 246 million pounds in battery technology research.
"Today we are confirming that that means there should be no new diesel or petrol vehicles by 2040", Gove told BBC Radio.
Banning new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 will not deal with the current "public health emergency" caused by illegal air pollution, the Government has been warned.
Vincent Tourette, Renault UK boss said: "We've been pioneers in electric vehicles and this news has validated that we got it right before anyone else. Today, electric cars are more expensive and compromised in some ways compared to combustion engines cars".
Make no mistake-gas- and diesel-powered cars have an expiration date, it's just further away than you might've thought.
British motorists who buy an electric vehicle in the United Kingdom at the moment can benefit from up to £4,500 towards their low-emissions vehicle.
UK motorists are finding it easier to understand the benefits of electric cars than they are modern, clean diesel engines, according toVolvo UK's managing director.
But others are in favor of Germany taking action more rapidly, with a member of Merkel's Christian Democrats saying the country should start phasing out petrol and diesel soon.
The £255 million implementation fund will support work for councils to deliver plans within eight months to address poor air quality in the shortest possible time.
And this week, German carmaker BMW said an all-electric Mini would join the fleet of vehicles produced at its Oxford, England, plant in 2019. "To close the gap to 100 percent, we'll need to see much greater investments in charging infrastructure, to make sure people have somewhere to plug in".
The plan also includes $1.3 billion for government purchase of ultra-low emissions vehicles, almost $130 million to improve infrastructure for electric vehicle charging stations and $378 million for retrofitting existing vehicles.
He said he favoured road-by-road restrictions for diesel vehicles rather than outright bans from town centres or costly vehicle scrappage schemes but did not rule them out entirely if they were local authorities' preferred options. One particular challenge is greener fuel for commercial vehicles and HGVs - where electric power is not sufficient for transport of food products for example.
The UK's environment secretary said that the country could not carry on using gasoline and diesel powered vehicles.
"Ending the dominance of fossil fuel vehicles will reduce emissions, clean up our polluted air and tackle a public health crisis".
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