Scotland to ban petrol and diesel car sales by 2032 

Posted: September 6, 2017 by oldbrew in Emissions, government, ideology, Politics, Travel

Scotland’s new Queensferry Crossing road bridge [image credit: BBC]

‘New plans from the Scottish Government would allow the sale of hybrid and electric cars but not exclusively petrol or diesel ones’, reports Auto Express. But is it just political bluster, based on Scotland having left the UK?

Scotland has set out plans to phase out the sale of cars powered solely by petrol or diesel by 2032 – eight years ahead of the timescale proposed for the rest of the UK.

As under the plans south of the border, Scotland would allow the sale of petrol and diesel hybrids, however.

The SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon, said in the Scottish parliament today that: “The transition from petrol and diesel cars and vans to electric and other ultra-low emission vehicles is underway and gathering pace.

“I am announcing today an ambitious new target. Our aim is for new petrol and diesel cars and vans to be phased out in Scotland by 2032 – the end of the period covered by our new Climate Change Plan and eight years ahead of the target set by the UK Government.”

Sturgeon went on to say that Scotland would “massively expand the number of electric charging points” in rural and urban locations across the country to boost the take-up of plug-in hybrids and pure EVs. 

Despite the announcement, however, as Scotland’s parliament does not have devolved control over vehicle standards or taxation it’s unclear how the nation will implement this policy before the rest of the UK. 

Source: Scotland to ban petrol and diesel car sales by 2032 | Auto Express

  1. Bryan says:

    Yes, reality takes a back seat.

    Labour will counteract with a 2025 ban

    The conservatives not to be outdone will have a 2020 ban

    You see all the politicians have magic crystal balls which gives them full confidence that the battery problem will be solved anytime soon.

  2. Jamie Spry says:

    I bet my house that wind/solar will not be fueling those cars in 2032. The collective unreliable-energy insanity will come to a head soon.

    [reply] it seems hybrids will be allowed

  3. oldbrew says:

    ‘Electric vehicles first appeared in the mid-19th century. An electric vehicle held the vehicular land speed record until around 1900. The high cost, low top speed, and short range of battery electric vehicles, compared to later internal combustion engine vehicles, led to a worldwide decline in their use’

    Top speed has improved but that’s about it. More range = more cost and more weight.

    Wiki also notes: ‘early electric cars were stigmatized by the perception that they were “women’s cars”, leading some companies to affix radiators to the front to disguise the car’s propulsion system’
    ‘for most of the 20th century the majority of the world’s battery electric road vehicles were British milk floats’

  4. Saighdear says:

    Sadly, having to live with these idiots, it seems as though whatever daft topic some “politician” comes up with on the Planet, the Scots have to be in on it and do it Bigger, faster , etc than anywhere / anyone else. As they say ( Jack McConnell favoured this phrase ) – “fighting above our weight” or words to that effect. WHY ? I don’t particularly want a bloody nose, am fed up getting my cage rattled and I desire to go and Live and Let live. Many more years ago – before most of these dimwits got their Political / Law degrees, I learnt things to HELP the world be a better place. Decades later we are in a worse situation. Talk about the Blind leading the blind……..

  5. oldmanK says:

    Borrowed snatches:

    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana (1863 – 1952).

    Best keep all options open.

  6. Bob Greene says:

    I suppose they have excess electricity they need to do something with. Or, do EV’s have zero demand on the grid?

    [reply] only when pushed 😉

  7. maxy says:

    Climate Plan? What a laugh.
    But they’re keeping the estimated 30 trillion barrells of oil right? I mean it doesnt harm the planet if they sell it and others burn it?
    Hypocrisy defined.

  8. Tim Hammond says:

    At least the fact that Sturgeon thinks it is a good idea provides all the evidence you need to know it is not.

  9. oldbrew says:

    Wikipedia: Virtue signalling is the conspicuous expression of moral values done primarily with the intent of enhancing standing within a social group. The term was first used in signalling theory, to describe any behavior that could be used to signal virtue—especially piety among the religious.

    Since 2015, the term has become more commonly used as a pejorative characterization by commentators to criticize what they regard as the platitudinous, empty, or superficial support of certain political views, and also used within groups to criticize their own members for valuing outward appearance over substantive action.

  10. oldbrew says:

    A classic example of virtue signalling…

    Crude symbolism: France to ban oil and gas production on ‘home soil’ by 2040
    However, only 1% of Paris’ needs are met by next to negligible domestic production.

    The bill elaborated by environment minister Nicolas Hulot also includes a definitive ban on all shale gas exploration and extraction.

    Until now, only hydraulic fracturing, a process better known as fracking, was banned. All other potential methods and experimentations are now to be prohibited.

    By Associated Press
    September 6, 2017

    – – –
    So imports are OK but producing your own isn’t? Seems pointless.

  11. J Martin says:

    And no mention of where they intend to get the electricity from. They had better get fracking or start building coal powered stations immediately.

  12. oldbrew says:

    J Martin – it’s simple: cut down the trees and replace them with wind turbines. What could possibly go wrong?

    Forestry Commission statistics reveal that about five million trees – almost one for every person in Scotland – have been cut down to clear space for turbines in the past six years but less than a third of them have been replaced.’ [2014 report]
    – – –
    New Nissan EV launch prompts call to boost grid
    – – –
    Another risk is that by using this fossil fuel to meet extra power demand, Britain could end up emitting more greenhouse gases in charging EVs than conventional cars do already.

  13. E.M.Smith says:

    I predict a sudden upturn in vehicle retention lifetime and a surge in demand for Diesel mechanics and car restoration… I have a 1984 Mercedes 300 TD scheduled for restoration now….

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