Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 in an attempt to reduce air pollution, a move that will spell doom for oil producers, such as Nigeria.
The measure, 23 year away could herald the end of over a century of popular use of the fossil fuel-guzzling internal combustion engine.
Britain’s step, which follows France, amounts to a victory for electric car that could eventually transform the wealth of major oil producers, car industry employment and one of the icons of 20th century capitalism: the automobile itself.
The Mayors of Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens have said they plan to ban diesel vehicles from city centers by 2025, while french government also aim to end the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040.
The British government has been under pressure to take steps to reduce air pollution after losing legal cases brought by campaign groups and in May set out proposals for a scrap page scheme to get rid of the most polluting vehicles.
” Today we are confirming that that means there should be no new diesel of petrol vehicles by 2040, ” Environment Minister Michael Gove told BBC Radio. (NAN).