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LON­DON» Bri­tain will ban the sale of new cars and vans us­ing diesel and gaso­line start­ing in 2040 as part of a sweep­ing plan to tackle air pol­lu­tion that ex­perts say is fea­si­ble, if am­bi­tious.

The gov­ern­ment an­nounce­ment Wed­nes­day fol­lows sim­i­lar moves in France and Nor­way and comes amid a global de­bate on how quickly elec­tric and hy­brid cars can re­place in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gines. Tra­di­tional en­gines run­ning on diesel and gaso­line are still pop­u­lar with con­sumers be­cause they’re rel­a­tively cheap and do not face some lim­its of elec­tric cars, such as a limited range.

But with the tech­nol­ogy for elec­tric and hy­brid cars im­prov­ing, gov­ern­ments are try­ing to set long-term goals to help guide the in­vest­ments of au­tomak­ers and, ul­ti­mately, con­sumers’ choices.

Bri­tain’s gov­ern­ment said it would put up $326 mil­lion to help lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties ad­dress diesel pol­lu­tion. The mea­sures are part of a clean-air strat­egy that au­thor­i­ties pub­lished only days be­fore a dead­line man­dated by the High Court.

The gov­ern­ment plan in­cludes the con­sid­er­a­tion of a tar­geted scrap­page scheme for driv­ers who need sup­port and to pro­vide an in­cen­tive to switch ve­hi­cles. It also aims for “al­most ev­ery car and van on the road to be a zero emis­sion ve­hi­cle by 2050,” the gov­ern­ment said in its over­view of the pro­gram. — The As­so­ci­ated Press

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