These announcements are just the latest spurs for automakers to develop alternative vehicles for the European market. On July 5th, Volvo, Sweden’s largest automaker, pledged that they would be the first major manufacturer to stop building and selling cars and SUVs that are solely reliant on internal combustible engines. They will focus solely on hybrid and electric vehicles. It will be interesting to see if the other major automakers decide to step up and start the process of making vehicles that are better for our lungs and our planet.
The United Kingdom will ban the sale of petrol (gasoline) and diesel cars and vans by 2040 and wants to ban all non-electric or alternative fuel vehicles by 2050. This comes on the heels of France’s recent ban on the sale of new diesel or gas vehicles on their roads by 2040. The UK Environment Minister said that they would make 200 million pounds available to local communities if they can develop ways to reduce gas and diesel cars and trucks on overcrowded highways due to serious air quality issues in at least ten cities in Southern England. Paris and London suffer from serious congestion and pollution, and we can’t wait to see what kind of crazy ideas local leaders come up with to tackle this issue. Paris and London plan to reduce the number of cars in the city center, but without further investment in public transit that will just make getting into the cities even worse!