The United Kingdom is going to pedal-to-the-metal down the road to a more fuel-efficient world. Techspot reports that a country-wide ban on combustion vehicles could be plausible as soon as 2040 and are now focusing their efforts on shifting their populations vehicle-reliance towards electric cars by requiring electrical vehicle charging capabilities to be built into every new home.
This new initiative will not stop in the home, with light poles near street parking locations beginning to double as car-charging stations. This new infrastructure may take some getting used to, but it is a major step in the country’s efforts to reverse the damage done by the rise of the fossil fuel industry over the last century.
The shift won’t be cheap, with $530 million being funneled into the efforts to build the new infrastructure and fund the companies producing it. The Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill will fast-track the implementation of charging stations at many traditional gas stations and service stations along highways.
The biggest hindrance in the electronic car’s technology is that it’s not as fast to charge as combustion vehicles are to fill up with gas. In a world where technology works faster than ever, convenience and speed are essential in convincing consumers to buy your products, so battery vehicles have some catching up to do. Luckily, the industry is showing promising developments in speeding up the charging process and are expected to match cars powered by fossil fuels in their driving range and “refueling” time by 2024.
The Tesla Model S, for instance, has exceeded many combustion vehicles in its range, but still takes well over 5 minutes to charge up. The world of batteries, however, is anything but neglected by the most intuitive minds in the world, and so development is expected and anticipated. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency and Clean Energy Finance Corporation anticipates that these kind of developments could allow for nearly 90% of vehicles worldwide could be electric by 2050.