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mac

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The UK is pledging to ban the use sale of petrol/gasoline and diesel engine new vehicles by 2030.

That date is just around the corner and the likelihood our own vehicle manufacturers will be able to meet such a demand is uncertain. The present big push is in developing electric vehicles but the alternative may be hydrogen powered ones. Adapting just to the needs of electric vehicles will be enormous, complex and costly. Hydrogen powered vehicles need to be scaled even more than electric ones, and so will the necessary infrastructure to supply enough gas. It could be a fiasco.

I fear my tiny country is trying to set the pace for the rest of the countries of the world but may pay a huge economic price without making a meaningful impact on overall global pollution and the environment.

edited Aug 13 2021: struck out 'use' and re-arranged last few words of first sentence.
 
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mac

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Getting on for a year since I started this thread and some progress is being made to rid the world of many polluting vehicles. The problems it will bring, however, are not being considered in depth in the headlong race to go green. Governments know that what needs to happen will make them very unpopular with the electorate and few will remain in power long enough to carry forward the costly changes that will hit folk's pockets.

We face short-termism with policies that can't fully deal with the massive costs when changing from internal combustion to 'green' vehicles. I only hope the headlong rush to develop electric vehicles isn't the fiasco that promoting diesel-engine vehicles has turned out to be. In fairness few saw the outcome and some countries are still ignoring fossil-fuel pollution. It's an inconvenient truth as Al Gore declared all those years ago.
 
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