The Future of Gas-Powered Vehicles in the U.K., According to Evan Hiesberger
The United Kingdom recently announced plans to stop selling gas-powered (petrol) cars by 2030 to reach zero emissions. Evan Hiesberger notes that the UK will be the first G-7 nation to enact this measure. The first step in this process is for all new vehicles after 2034 to have zero emissions. Evan Hiesberger says that means all petrol cars must be eliminated, and zero-emission cars will take their place.
Vehicles that can drive long distances without emitting waste will also be sold, along with fully-electric automobiles. The UK is slowly adding more charging stations across the country in the hope that this move will decrease pollution and revive their economy. The government has currently allocated 1.8 billion Pounds toward this cause with that amount increasing as we approach 2030.
According to the U.K. Department of Transport, all new vehicles sold between2030 and 2035 must have the capability to drive considerable distances with zero emissions. This point will be defined through consultation with automobile manufacturers. Additional new measures as part of the 1.8 billion Pound allocation include adding more charge points along the motorway, in homes, and on streets, and innovation for other forms of clean energy.
To meet future demand, the government is offering grants for businesses, homeowners, and local authorities to begin installing charge points including rapid charge points. The goal is to ensure drivers are never more than25 miles away from a rapid charge point along any of England’s major A roads or motorways.
Evan Hiesberger highlights that with a major global shift toward clean energy, it is unsurprising that the U.K. is enacting these measures. Clean vehicles will have a major impact on decreasing pollution around the world and this could kickstart other countries’ efforts toward zero emissions. Other countries that are proposing a ban on gas-powered vehicles include Japan, China, Sweden, Denmark, France, Germany, Slovenia, South Korea, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, Canada, Cabo Verde, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, and the United States. Evan Hiesberger recognizes that the more countries that adopt this ban, the healthier the planet will become.
China is a major offender for pollution. With regulations varying between provinces, some areas are significantly more polluted than others. Also, the growing number of vehicles on the road and energy consumption will soon pass the United States. The air quality in China is incredibly poor and causes respiratory issues for residents in major cities.
However, by taking green measures toward automobiles, countries like China, which have some of the worst pollution on Earth, can greatly contribute to the healing of the planet.
Additional measures aside from banning petrol cars need to be implemented and enforced and zero-emissions lifestyles will need to be adopted by all global residents. From this point on, governments need to continue looking at green legislation to improve the health of this planet and every country can contribute.