The UK Government aims to ban new petrol and diesel cars to regulate the pollution levels in the country

The UK government has been planning to introduce a ban on the usage of diesel and petrol based vehicles with an aim to reduce the air pollution levels in UK and improve the air quality, which has reportedly been taking a turn for the worse due to the emission of hazardous gases. That said, other countries in the EU have also been planning to introduce a similar ban to keep the pollution levels under control.

The European governments have been slightly hesitant to undertake stringent action against automakers, as a majority of the European economy is mainly dependent on the automobile sales. The enforcement of these norms is likely to cost quite some percentage of the European population their jobs, i.e., the ones working in the automotive sector. Various automakers are likely to oppose the decision taken by government to ban petrol and diesel engines. This strict decision taken by U.K. government is slated to hamper IC engine based global automotive market share, but at the same time, the market for electric vehicle is likely to grow exponentially, as per experts.

Apart from the slight opposition from a few of the traditional automakers, many other players in automotive sector like Tesla, have accepted the change and have been continuously developing new electric and hybrid vehicles. Honda, Volkswagen, and Daimler are the other major companies, which are planning to replace a portion of their IC engines with battery based vehicles in the coming years. As per statistics, the demand for alternative fuel cars has recently increased by 64.9% in July. However, it has also been reported that the sale of diesel cars is declining continuously. Alternative fuel vehicles apparently demonstrated a Y-O-Y growth of more than 5.5% in U.K. automotive market in 2017. In figures, until now, around 100,000 hybrid and electric vehicles have been on the road in U.K. After the official declaration of ban on petrol and diesel vehicles, there has been a huge fall of 20.1% in the sale of diesel vehicles.

The British Environmental Secretary, Michael Gove has stated that said that the government is planning to ban diesel and petrol cars not only because of health problems but also due to their hazardous impact on climate change due to emissions. New product launches take a minimum of seven years from the concept generation to the completion of one product life cycle. Experts predict that the collective decision of automakers to manufacture petrol/diesel-free vehicles is slated to change the dynamics of automotive market.

Apart from UK, the various other countries such as France, China, and Germany have also taken initiations to control air pollution. Germany has been planning to introduce a ban on the sales of diesel engine cars in the near future, which is likely to shift the focus of automakers toward electric and hybrid vehicles.

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