The end of the polluting car

Means of transport represent 14% of greenhouse gas emissions. (iStock)

Countries around the world are working to empty their roads of vehicles that use fossil fuels 

In the fight against climate change, cars are in the spotlight. Means of transport account for 14% of greenhouse gas emissions, and that is why some countries want to ban the production and sale of gasoline and diesel cars.

Some governments already want to set a date to end polluting cars, even if it’s 20 or 30 years from now. It may seem like a very distant future, but the goal is to motivate manufacturers to invest more money in researching and producing ‘clean’ cars.

In addition, to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles, countries offer all kinds of advantages for their drivers. For example, charging the car battery for free, paying less taxes and reduced prices at tolls.

Asian giants drowned by pollution 

Last year alone, more than 38 million cars were sold in China, according to the International Organization of Automobile Builders.

In addition to being the country with the most cars in the world, air pollution levels often exceed healthy limits.

Electric cars could be the solution to this unsustainable situation. The government has already announced a law to ban gasoline and diesel vehicles.

In India, where polluted air in large cities causes health problems, the government also wants to incentivise the purchase of electric vehicles. They want all cars sold after 2030 to be electric.

France and the United Kingdom: target 2050 

Europe is where more countries have started to stimulate the change of cars that use gasoline or diesel for cars that do not pollute. Both France and the United Kingdom have set their goals for the year 2050.

As of that year, all the vehicles that circulate on the roads of these two countries will have to be ‘zero emissions’. To achieve this, they will ban the production and sale of fossil fuel cars starting in 2040, but not hybrid vehicles.

Percentage of electric cars over total cars. (European Association of Car Manufacturers – ACEA)

In Germany, a deadline for the sale of polluting vehicles has not yet been set, but Chancellor Angela Merkel has hinted that it is only a matter of time.

Norway: one step ahead 

Those who have taken the most radical measures are the Norwegians. The Nordic country wants all cars and vans sold after 2025 to be ‘zero emissions’.

There are only eight years left until then, but the Norwegian government has been working for a long time to achieve its goal. 40% of the cars that were sold in Norway last year were electric or hybrid.

Electric cars charging on a street in Oslo, Norway. (iStock)

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