November 22, 2020
Last week, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the U.K. will ban the sale of cars that burn fossil fuels by the year 2030, five years ahead of previously-discussed deadlines. The ban would affect both gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles, and five years after that, even hybrids.
Johnson said the ban would be part of a broader “green industrial revolution,” in which £12 billion ($16 billion) would be spent on other projects as well, such as a proposed quadrupling of offshore wind energy, investing in hydro and nuclear power, and making homes and offices more energy-efficient. “The recovery of our planet and of our economies can and must go hand-in-hand,” Johnson said.
Surprisingly, given the pushback that American auto companies have given to greening up their fleets, the British auto industry supports the initiative. Mike Hawes, the chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said in a statement: “We share government’s ambition for leadership in decarbonizing road transport and are committed to the journey.