Government’s Air Quality Plan Makes Electric Car Revolution Inevitable, Experts Say

August 4th, 2017 Comments Off on Government’s Air Quality Plan Makes Electric Car Revolution Inevitable, Experts Say

Environment secretary Michael Gove unveiled his department’s official air quality plan last week – and the jewel in the crown was the intention to ban all petrol98% of England's motorway network' within 20 miles of electric car . Read more ... » and diesel vehiclesElectric cars heading for Stratford on Avon. Read more ... » from sale by 2040.

Environmental campaigners branded the move “headline grabbing”, while lobbyists on behalf of motorists warned it could crash the economy.

“We’ve seen a lotagreed: More charging points for electric cars needed in Gloucestershire, says campaigner . Read more ... » of negative press around the announcement, which was to be expected,” he told HuffPost UK.

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Environment secretary Michael Gove says tackling poor air quality is a “top priority”.

James says switching the UK’s 32Not just You and I: Green vehicle demand revs up as UK electric car sales quadruple. Read more ... » million fuel-guzzling vehicles to greener, electrical modelsExcellent: UK electric vehicle numbers surpasses 13,000 mark. Read more ... » will be a huge undertaking and homeowners, businessUK: Half of Plug-in Car Grants unclaimed. Read more ... » owners and government bodies will be required to step up and make big changes. 

“But the costUK: Half of Plug-in Car Grants unclaimed. Read more ... » and burden of building up a network is not going to fall on any one body.  We are not going to say to the government that we need millions and millions to equip the entire UK; there will be lots of different stakeholders involved. 

“Supermarkets can install charging pointsAs #evmeerkat gets limited ITV News' airtime: A few thoughts about "2/3 charging points in London are not being used" #news #Ev #ElectricCar #pollution. Read more ... » outside their stores, for example – and some already are – and homeowners can install their own charging points so they can refuel vehicles overnight.

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 “Of course it will be a massive challenge, but we are optimistic about the future.

“It’s about changing the agenda.  Most people aren’t extremely conscientious about their carbon footprint and that argument isn’t really tangible for most people.”

The government’s plan, which aimsFirst electric-only car hire service launches in London. Read more ... » to tackle dangerous levels of toxic nitrogen oxide responsible for 40Nissan reaches 10,000 Leaf electric car sales in UK. Read more ... »,000 premature deaths every year, will also put pressure on local councils to address more than 80 pollutionElectric Cars Would Lower UK Oil Imports By 40%, But Only With Much Wider Adoption: Report. Read more ... » hotspots.

But it stops short of introducing clean air zones across the country, which would prevent the worst polluting vehicles from accessing areas where air quality is poorest, and imposing taxes on motorists. 

Environmental charity Friends Of The Earth said its proposals simply “pass the buck” to local authorities. 

A government spokesman said: “Our plan to dealABB inks CLEVER Danish electric car charging deal. Read more ... » with dirty diesels will help councils clean up emissionsagreed: More charging points for electric cars needed in Gloucestershire, says campaigner . Read more ... » hotspots – often a single road – through common sense measures which do not unfairly penalise ordinary working people.”

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