Now that Electric Vehicles are an increasingly attractive and attainable option for personal vehicle buyers, governments around the world have issued various petrol vehicle bans which will be implemented over the coming years. These kinds of bans have attracted criticism from auto 'journalists' and legacy vehicle manufacturers who rely on ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) sales which are already faltering tremendously.
Is their criticism warranted? Absolutely not.
- Norway - 2025
- South Korea - 2025
- Belgium - 2026
- Austria - 2027
- Slovenia - 2030
- Iceland - 2030
- Netherlands - 2030
- Denmark - 2030
- Ireland - 2030
- Israel - 2030
- Sweden - 2030
- India - 2030
- Washington - 2030
- Scotland - 2032
- Japan - 2035
- United Kingdom - 2035
- Canada - 2035/2040
- China - 2040
The European Parliament on Tuesday formally approved a law to effectively ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the European Union from 2035, aiming to speed up the switch to electric vehicles.
Audi Chief Executive Markus Duesmann said "Audi has made a clear decision: We are phasing out the internal combustion engine in 2033 because the battery-electric vehicle is the most efficient method for individual mobility"
In India Union minister Nitin Gadkari said "With full faith, I want to say that petrol will vanish from the country after five years. Your cars and scooters will either be electric or green hydrogen, ethanol flex-fuel, CNG or LNG"
Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran says, "We believe that the transition to electric mobility in India will happen much faster than what we are imagining"
We doubt there would be mandates like in the EU here, but all pointers are indicating that EV's will play a major role in helping us wean ourselves away from burning oil.
Why should the government interfere?
Petrol heads and EV cynics can’t stand the fact that multiple governments all over the world are phasing out Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles and promoting EV’s to achieve oil independence and promote clean air for their citizens. Why should the government interfere?
The answer is simple.
- In the early 2000's there was the “Euro 1” emission standard. Then came the BS4 emission standard and as we approached the year 2020, India moved towards BS6 emission standard. All of these regulations helped improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles. If there were no regulations, the auto industry wouldn't have bothered innovating.
- The final stage now is Zero Emissions. Only electric vehicles offers zero local emissions and it is imperative we move our passenger vehicles to EVs ASAP.
- 22 Indian cities are among the 30 most polluted cities across the world owing to the rising concentration of 2.5-micron particulate matter emitted from vehicle exhausts. With zero local emissions, electric vehicles can solve India's massive air pollution problem.
- EVs sold through 2030 could cumulatively save 474 million tonnes of oil equivalent worth INR 15 lakh crore
If petrol loving auto journalists and influencers cannot understand the importance of these regulations that will kill their beloved pollution car, they are not rooting for India's progress and are anti India. But one thing is for sure: it's just a matter of time for electric vehicles take over.
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