The United Kingdom’s newly published Road to Zero report recommends that all new homes should be equipped with chargers for electric vehicles as part of plans to move toward zero emissions and in line with its objective to eliminate diesel and gasoline vehicles by 2040. The plan includes public charging being incorporated into streetlights, gas stations and freeway rest areas, but no incentives for scrapping diesel vehicles; in fact, the bulk of the money to pay for the plan comes from taxes on diesels.
The outlook for the electric vehicle is changing rapidly, despite the oil lobby’s best attempts to spread misinformation. In countries such as Japan, the number of recharging points has long exceeded the number of gas stations, although obviously, many of them are in people’s homes. Electric buses are increasingly seen as a logical option for public transport by more and more cities around the world, which is hitting the oil companies hard.
The automotive industry will undergo unprecedented change: after weathering Dieselgate, Volkswagen has announced the launch of a car-sharing service for electric vehicles next year as part of a plan to win back the trust of users and regulators, supported by an alliance with a Chinese battery manufacturer that will also supply BMW, which says the deal was a way to accelerate its transition toward the mass manufacture of electric vehicles, which until recently it said would not be possible until 2020.
All of this suggests we’re heading in the right direction, but far too slowly. The U.K.’s announcement of a ban on diesel and gasoline vehicles from 2040 was little more than a gesture aimed at keeping the country in line with the rest of the EU, while avoiding the ire of the automotive industry and the users. In practice, within two years, when electric vehicles will outprice their diesel and gasoline competitors, market forces will take over and the internal combustion engine will be seen for what it is: outdated, expensive, overcomplicated and bad for the environment.
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