Theresa May's party wants to introduce new MOT test rules that would make zero-emissions powertrains a requirement

The Conservative party has revealed plans to ban cars with combustion engines from Britain by 2050.

In its election manifesto, Prime Minister Theresa May's party said it would work to make almost all cars in the UK zero-emissions vehicles, but when contacted by Autocar, it added that this included making zero-emissions powertrains a requirement for cars to pass their MOTs.

This would effectively ban combustion engined from the road from 2050. It says allowances could be made for classic cars, but that cars purchased new would have to conform to the legislation.

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The plans are designed to cut emissions generated from road transport, something that's been a hot topic with the recent emissions scandal and the UK's poor performance in Europe for emissions.

The Liberal Democrats party has taken an even stronger stance, pledging to ban the sale of diesel cars from 2025 if it wins the election.

Labour has refrained from announcing any bans, instead focusing its efforts on encouraging the uptake of cleaner transport.

Recent polls show the that the Conservatives are the party most likely to win the general election on 8 June, meaning its 2050 plan is on course to be implemented.

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18 May 2017
late to the party....2050! What are the conservatives bright ideas for steam trains and gas lamps in the street?

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18 May 2017
More than 20 million cars with 60 KW batteries!

I know that they won't all be charging at once, but is that 1200 Gigawatts that is needed to charge them all fully?

Demand for electricity in 2014 was 34.42 GW on average...

18 May 2017
NavalReserve wrote:

More than 20 million cars with 60 KW batteries!

I know that they won't all be charging at once, but is that 1200 Gigawatts that is needed to charge them all fully?

Demand for electricity in 2014 was 34.42 GW on average...

In 2070 someone will discover a rare gas from vast amounts of Lithium gave everyone cancer last 20 years and killed the penguins. - Seriously though an electric motor is the perfect form of propulsion, smooth, torquey, quiet, compact, near maintenance free, gearbox free, controllable, efficient - I don't really care how it is powered be it hydrogen, battery or micro fusion reactor as long as it works!

19 May 2017
NavalReserve wrote:

More than 20 million cars with 60 KW batteries!

I know that they won't all be charging at once, but is that 1200 Gigawatts that is needed to charge them all fully?

Demand for electricity in 2014 was 34.42 GW on average...

19 May 2017
NavalReserve wrote:

More than 20 million cars with 60 KW batteries!

I know that they won't all be charging at once, but is that 1200 Gigawatts that is needed to charge them all fully?

Demand for electricity in 2014 was 34.42 GW on average...

You don't accurately envisage how EV charging will work at all, for a start overnight charging will be at 3kW, not 60.

19 May 2017
I was only pointing out the amount of electricity required to charge all the batteries from empty.

Looking at the generating board figures, there seems to be an overnight reduction of use from the peak figure of about 60 GW these days (6 hours at 10 GW less).

This would allow about 2 million cars a night to be topped up from half full. So there is a need for more capacity. (especially as, during the day, electricity is imported from France, Ireland and Holland).

19 May 2017
ac555 wrote:

You don't accurately envisage how EV charging will work at all, for a start overnight charging will be at 3kW, not 60.

Hmmm, to get a decent range, EVs will need at least 100kWh worth of batteries. Charging at 3kW would take more than a day for a full charge!

19 May 2017
Yes old boy but these are politicians, remember? They just do the announcements and leave others to work out the annoying details.

18 May 2017
plans include banning private ownership, and nationalising all prive cars by the end of the next parliament, Diane Abbott has done the maths and it will cost twenyseventeen point thirtyten million pounds, this will be recouped by a tax on train replacement rickshaws.

18 May 2017
As pre 1960 cars no longer require an mot, will they be the only real cars left?
Seriously, i am sure that long before 2050 nearly all cars will not be internal combustion, and no one is going to stop anyone driving their loved classics.

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