Road to 2040: Petrol & Diesel sales Ban [Infographic]

The UK government recently announced a plan to ban the sale of petrol and diesel engine cars from 2040, amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide are posing a major risk to public health. The government claim that the ban must take place due to the unnecessary and avoidable impact that poor air quality is having on the general public’s health.

Petrol and diesel cars are amongst some of the worst generators of nitrogen dioxide, which causes many serious health issues to the public, such as long-term exposure decreasing lung function, increased risk of respiratory conditions and increased response to allergens.

Not only does nitrogen dioxide affect us, it also effects the world around us. Due to the intense levels produced by the millions of cars in the world, nitrogen dioxide causes devastating effects such as acid rain, smog and ground-level ozone formation. In a desperate effort to reduce these effects, the government hopes that the ban of petrol and diesel engine cars will lead to a switch to less harmful electric vehicles and increase in use other forms of alternative transport. Select Car Leasing have looked into the road leading to 2040, to see why this is happening and if the UK will be ready for the switch.

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Battery Powered Future Cars [Infographic]

The last few years have seen electric cars go from being something niche to being genuine challengers to traditional combustion engine vehicles. This piece looks how that will continue into the future, as electric cars are predicted to surpass sales of 400 million vehicles by 2040. By this point they are also predicted to account for over a third of all new car sales.

A key aspect of this is the falling price of the battery, which is expected to have dropped in price by four fifths by 2030. A key driver in this is the take up of electric sales in China, which is expected to be by far and away the largest market for new sales of electric cars by 2040.

The dominating figure in the sales of luxury electric vehicles is, of course, Tesla. But other major car makers have taken note of their success and are following suite. Looking beyond the i series of BMWs, this infographic has included some of the most exciting Tesla killers that should hit the market in the coming years. This includes the secretive Faraday Future, a Chinese backed American start up that has already received $1 billion of investment.

The auto manufacturing market could be further disrupted by big players from outside of the sector. Google and Apple are the most obvious challengers, but Chinese search Giant Baidu and the innovators at Dyson in the UK are also sizing up the electric car market as one area of expansion.

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