Bri­tain to ban com­bus­tion en­gines

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BRI­TAIN’S gov­ern­ment will ban the sale of petrol- and diesel-fuelled cars from 2040 when all ve­hi­cles must be fully elec­tric as part of a plan to clean up air pol­lu­tion.

The move fol­lows a sim­i­lar an­nounce­ment ear­lier this month by the French gov­ern­ment.

The gov­ern­ment has been un­der pres­sure to take mea­sures to re­duce air pol­lu­tion af­ter los­ing le­gal cases brought by cam­paign groups.

Un­der the pro­pos­als, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties would be able to charge levies on the driv­ers of the diesel ve­hi­cles on the most pol­luted roads from 2020, if air qual­ity does not im­prove.

Sep­a­rately on Tues­day, Ger­man car­maker BMW said it had cho­sen its plant in Ox­ford, Eng­land as the lo­ca­tion to pro­duce an elec­tric Mini from 2019.

Ear­lier this month, Volvo be­came the first ma­jor tra­di­tional au­tomaker to set a date for phas­ing out ve­hi­cles pow­ered solely by the in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine by say­ing all its car mod­els launched af­ter 2019 will be elec­tric or hy­brids.

- Reuters

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