The environmental impact of electric cars | News – The Times

For more than a century, vehicles have been powered by fossil fuels. Latest figures show that there are 31.7 million cars on UK roads, of which about 31.5 million are still propelled completely, or in part, by petrol or diesel.

The future, however, will be electric. By the end of this decade, the UK will ban the sale of pure fossil fuel-powered cars and vans, followed five years later by hybrids which run using a combination of a combustion engine and battery.

From a very low base, the UK is starting to accelerate towards a greener future. Industry figures show that electric cars made up almost 11 per cent of those sold in the UK last month, with numbers more than doubling year-on-year. The move


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