The Guardian reports– Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040. Like, woah!
This ban follows a similar commitment from France. Ohlala!
Why this matters? It’s a pretty big deal for a few reasons. When countries make these commitments, auto manufacturers design to what demand will be. Manufactures want to lead design and consumption (a la Apple or Tesla). These country commitments provide incentive to design a range of vehicles which do not run on diesel or gasoline. And, manufacturers will most likely make models available to the market prior to 2040 (as we already see with hybrids and electric vehicles).
Additionally, once consumer decisions change en mass, this will have a large effect on petrol use and commodities prices (think: consumption drops which leads to excess supply which leads to commodity price decreases). This is a whole other topic which gets in to oil producing countries and economic stability….. stay tuned.