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Electric car revolution will take time…or will it?

02 March 2020

The ban on selling new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars in the UK will be brought forward from 2040 to 2035 to help decarbonise the road transport sector, which accounts for around 27% of greenhouse gas emissions, a figure which has risen steadily in recent years.

However, even with this announcement, some believe there will still be millions of fossil-fuelled vehicles on the road well into the 2030s and 40s. This is according to a new report Accelerating Road Transport Decarbonisation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

While attention and investment has focused on electric vehicles, the Institution argues in the report that the quickest way to reduce road transport emissions is to improve the efficiency of the internal combustion engine and to switch to renewable and low carbon fuels as soon as possible. 

Read the full article in the March issue of DPA.

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