2017-11-07
Petrol, diesel cars will soon be history: Four-wheelers powered by electricity will rule the roads

The end of the internal combustion engine is nearer than you think. As the world is scrambling to combat growing air pollution crisis, many countries are setting deadlines for themselves to take diesel and petrol cars off the road. A comprehensive zero-emission mandate together with new electric cars could make their goal achievable. Here are the countries and their deadlines:

United Kingdom

The UK has announced that it will ban sales of new gasoline and diesel cars starting 2040 as part of its bid to clean up the country's air. By 2050, all cars on the country's road will have zero emissions.

Scotland

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has declared that the country will end the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars by 2032, eight years before the UK.

France

Paris authorities plan to banish all petrol- and diesel-fuelled cars from the world's most visited city by 2030. The country, however, expects to end sales of gas and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040 as it fights global warming.

Norway

The Scandinavian country wants to phase out sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2025 using a 'polluter pays' tax system that will incentivize the purchase of low and zero emission vehicles. Introduction of its strengthened green tax system is expected to encourage people to opt for clean transport over fossil fuel-powered vehicles.

Austria

The country is considering banning sales of new nonelectric vehicles. The tentative target year is 2025. Austria will offer free emissions reducing software updates for all diesel car owners in the country as well as incentives to buy electric cars. Car importers have also agreed to offer a premium to those who would be willing to trade in their diesel cars for models that emitted less exhaust gases. 

Netherlands

The Dutch government has recently confirmed its plan to ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. While some local publications are reporting 'all cars', other news sources indicate that it would be for 'all new cars'.

China

China has claimed to cap its automobile carbon emissions by 2030. The country, however, is yet to set a deadline for automakers to end sales of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles. The Chinese government is reportedly working with other regulators on a timetable to end production and sales of petrol and diesel.

Finland

Finland is also eager to join the growing number of countries committed to ending the sales of traditional diesel-fuelled cars. The government is mulling over measures to end the sales of diesel cars by 2030. Banning the sales entirely is not among the measures under consideration.

India

India has claimed that every vehicle sold in the country should be powered by electricity by 2030. The Ministry of Heavy Industries and the NITI Aayog are working on a policy for promotion of electric vehicles in the country. Last fiscal (April 2016 to March 2017) 25,000 electric two-wheelers and few hundred electric cars were sold in India. With less than 0.25 percent market share for electric vehicles, the country has a long way to go to achieve this goal.

Source- The Economic Times