A few days after Brexit came into force, even without a clear economic agreement, the British government of Boris Johnson surprised many by taking a strong step in line with other countries that have already opted for the electrification of their cars. According to what is indicated by the newspaper The country, Johnson has decided to target a “green revolution” to rescue the British economy from the current crisis generated by the pandemic, and from the uncertainty that Brexit itself will bring at the end of the year.
Among the 10 points of a proposal that was known this week, It is decided to advance to 2030 – that is, five years before the expected deadline – the ban on selling new gasoline and diesel cars. Regarding hybrid vehicles that combine gasoline with electricity, they may continue to be purchased until 2035, but they will have to be prepared to offer a “relevant” range with zero emissions.
According to government sources, they should, in principle, ensure at least 50 kilometers for urban use. Another debate is about the trucks that mostly use diesel. As it is a sensitive sector, a phase of public consultations will be opened with the main industries to also design a plan for gradual disappearance.
Several countries in Europe have serious policies in this regard
Other countries have already gone ahead in announcing policies of this type. For example France wants to do it in 2040 and Spain is working on a law in the same direction. The Nordic countries are already currently advancing in policies that seriously aim to reduce the fleet of cars with gasoline or diesel. For example In Norway, electric cars have big tax benefits, priority to access by certain places and exceptions for the payment of tolls. Also, cities like Oslo provide free electricity for car recharging.
All these kinds of decisions that seem to be moving closer in time are good news that generate optimism because other countries are also in a position to move towards a similar scenario. With these decisions, the Johnson government takes the lead from its predecessor Theresa May, and remains committed to reaching zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.
It is a decision taken by a center-right government, and it shows that a sustainable economy and growth can go hand in hand. To carry out this change in its transport matrix, an initial investment of more than 13,000 million euros is proposed, and it is believed that 250,000 new jobs will be created by the new needs that the system will have.
Electromobility closer and closer
In detail, by February 2035 the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars would be prohibited, a plan that advances five years to the initial idea established in 2017. Everything indicates that electromobility is accelerating in several countries, especially in the Union European, and shows the rest of the world that this path is possible. It is a call for powers like the United States, China or Japan that could do much more. India is also a country with a highly polluting mobility system, but the possibility of making that leap in the coming decades seems more distant.
In the case of the European Union, the registrations of hybrid cars in the 27 countries that comprise it has overcome for the first time in history to diesel cars last September, and industry analysts believe this shows a Change of trend. A paradox of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it would be accelerating this shift towards a more sustainable model.
Several countries are already moving forward with recovery plans that include strong economic support to boost electric cars. It is important to note that research on technology in recent years has achieved a high competitiveness of this type of vehicle. Another not minor data is prices, and on this it is expected that parity with combustion cars will be reached quickly between 2023 and 2024. Electric cars tend to have lower maintenance costs and access to your cargo is cheaper. Now it is governments who must help to make charging points more accessible.