NYTIMES HAILS SHIFT TO ELECTRIC CARS IN UK, FRANCE, INDIA AND NORWAY

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31 july 2017

Britain Joins the Shift to Electric Cars

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, New York Times, JULY 31, 2017

The drive to switch to electric cars went a mile further last Wednesday when Britain joined France in pledging to end the sale of new gas and diesel cars by 2040. Norway and India have also said they want to get rid of gas and diesel cars, and at least 10 other countries have set targets for electric cars. All that is good news for the planet and for human health, even if caveats and challenges abound.

Cars powered by gasoline or diesel are major polluters. The Volkswagen emissions scandal in the United States put to rest the longstanding European faith in diesel as a more environmentally friendly fuel, not least because it generates large quantities of health-threatening nitrogen oxides. VW’s extensive efforts to conceal the true extent of that pollution has now turned consumers against the fuel.

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