Sir Richard Branson one of UK’s largest investor in the train and aviation business says plans to ban petrol and diesel cars should be brought forward to 2025.
The billionaire entrepreneur says, the government’s target to switch from diesel to electric cars in order to tackle air pollution needs to be brought forward from 2040 to match the rapid development in technology.
However, the call has been met strong criticism from the motor industry and the public.
One linked user quipped, he must have a vested interest. Another urged him to first do his bit and stop preaching. Another also ppints out hiw much emission there is from a single air craft then goes on to say ‘shut up Richard’.
Mike Hawes, CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said: “Unrealistic targets and bans will only undermine our efforts, confusing consumers and disrupting the new car market and the thousands of jobs it supports.”
Meanwhile, following the Paris agreement, the Government of India plans to make a major shift to electric vehicles by 2030. While Indian car manufacturers like Reva Electric Car Company (RECC), and Indian app-based transportation network companies like Ola are working on making electric cars more common over the next two decades. And many other companies such as Nissan,TATA,Mahindra,Maruti Suzuki , would launch there electric vehicles by 2020.
But the big question is, how much is government ready to stop the production and use of bombs, guns and other mass murdering ammunitions? Why is no one telling the masses how much damage those are doing to the environment?