internal combustion cars will be banned
That automotive parts supplier Continental predicts that German manufacturers will cease development of new internal combustion engine designs sooner rather than later, perhaps as early as 2023.
Munich, Germany is considering banning diesel engines. First France, then Britain recently announced plans to ban both gas and diesel powered cars by 2040. But Continental’s finance chief Wolfgang Schaefer told Reuters, “A new generation of combustion engines will again be developed but after that (around 2023), a further development will no longer be economically justifiable because more and more work will switch into electric mobility.” Continental makes regulators for exhaust gas cleaning systems in diesel cars and nitrogen oxide sensors, devices that would no longer be needed in this predicted shift away from fossil fuels. This doesn’t mean the end of the internal combustion engine—not yet, anyway. Schaefer’s prediction only means that manufacturers would stop developing new engines, not producing them.
Petrol and diesel cars will be banned from Oxford at 2020
Petrol and diesel cars will be banned from Oxford City Centre from 2020. Only electric cars will be allowed in what is being called the world’s first Zero Emissions Zone. The new zone will not only see petrol and diesel cars banned but also buses and taxis. From 2020 just six central streets will have restricted access to non-zero emissions cars but this will expand to the entire city centre between 2025 and 2030.
Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040
Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health. The commitment, which follows a similar pledge in France, is part of the government’s much-anticipated clean air plan, which has been at the heart of a protracted high court legal battle. The government warned that the move, which will also take in hybrid vehicles, was needed because of the unnecessary and avoidable impact that poor air quality was having on people’s health. Ministers believe it poses the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK, costing up to £2.7bn in lost productivity in one recent year.
China moves towards banning the internal combustion engine
China already has ambitious medium-term goals for automotive efficiency and climate change, including a cap on carbon emissions by 2030. Experts reckon this new ban might come into force around then. It is unclear whether the ban will include only pure-petrol cars or also plug-in hybrids that combine petrol engines with electric motors.
A growing movement to eventually ban combustion engine cars has received a boost with a statement from China — the world’s largest car market — that it is studying such a move.
Comments by a senior government official published on Sunday signaled that China might soon join the UK and France. Both countries recently announced they would prohibit the production of diesel and petrol cars by 2040.
California considers internal combustion car ban
Gasoline and diesel cars in California may have a bleak future. Banning internal combustion car sales would go a long way toward the state’s goal of bringing emissions down to 80 percent below 1990 levels. However, it won’t be easy. Despite EV’s being more popular there than in other states, its mix of electrified vehicle sales is also still below 5 percent.