Clean air surprise fuels growing row between car industry and government

These countries want to ditch gas and diesel cars

In a move which follows a similar announcement by France in recent weeks, the proposals are part of the government's clean air plan and aims to improve air quality in the United Kingdom and tackle excessive levels of nitrogen dioxide in towns and cities.

Swedish carmaker Volvo has said all new models will have an electric motor from the same year.

The plans, which were dished out early to national newspapers and broadcasters, seem to downplay the likelihood of creating dozens of new Clean Air Zones-special areas in the United Kingdom where motorists with polluting vehicles would have to pay a stiff daily charge, similar to London's incoming ULEZ.

Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, warned that "Britain can't carry on" with petrol and diesel cars because of the damage they cause to people's health and the planet.

This is merely the most recent moratorium on gasoline powered cars.

In 2017 around 4 percent of all new auto sales have been hybrids, plug-in hybrids or fully electric, with around a quarter of that figure sales of fully electric cars.

Causing asthma " This idea that we could move to all electric cars by 2040 I think is just pie in the sky".

Energy consultant group Wood Mackenzie said that it estimated about 10 percent of the passenger vehicles on British roads will be electric by 2035, leaving more than 30 million conventional vehicles still in service.

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Diesel-powered cars-which pollute more Nitrogen Oxide than their gas powered counterparts-are already on their way out, and many automakers are stepping up their hybridization efforts.

Mr Barratt also said that Ford is investing in electric vehicle technology, spearheaded by a forthcoming trial of a petrol-hybrid electric van in London, which is due to take place later this year.

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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.

Britain's government has said the poor air quality has an unnecessary and avoidable negative impact on citizens' health, and costs up to $3.5 billion in annual lost productivity.

"Councils now need to see more details to make sure these plans are as effective as possible".

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.

This follows the introduction of the London "Toxicity Charge", where the majority of pre-2006 vehicles will receive an additional charge as of the October 2017 - the toughest emission standard of any world city. As Jalopnik reported this month, the worldwide electric vehicle industry faces fundamental resource constraints like potential shortages of battery materials including lithium and particularly cobalt, which will require a lot of research into scalable alternatives.

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