Britain risks a shortage of electric cars after Brexit as carmakers will lose an incentive to sell low-emission vehicles there, a Brussels-based think-tank warned. Because British sales of electric cars will no longer count towards carmakers' EU carbon dioxide targets after Brexit, manufacturers may choose to sell to other European countries instead. (Photo: AFP/Leon Neal) Because British sales will no longer count towards carmakers' EU carbon dioxide targets, they may choose to sell to other European countries instead, the Transport and Environment (T&E) group warned. Britain was the third largest market for zero emission vehicles in the EU last year and the largest for plug-in hybrids, the group said in the report obtained by AFP. "Carmakers may simply opt to dump their less efficient models in the UK market," said Cecile Toubeau of T&E. A shortage of electric and hybrid cars would be a blow to the British government's claims that it is aiming for a so-called "Green … [Read more...] about Britain’s supply of electric cars at risk from Brexit: Think tank
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Japanese automaker Nissan will axe hundreds of staff at its car plant in northeastern England due to a sharp fall in diesel car sales, a source told AFP on Friday. Nissan to cut hundreds of jobs at UK car plant: source, photo AFP Questioned about media reports of hundreds of job losses at Nissan's factory in the coastal city of Sunderland, a source close to the matter confirmed the news but declined to give a timeframe. The news also comes as Britain's car sector, which is largely foreign-owned, continues to face Brexit uncertainty on the horizon. The Sunderland plant -- which builds the Juke, Leaf and Qashqai car models, many of which are diesel -- employs 7,000 workers who produce some 500,000 vehicles per year. However, Nissan saw British sales slump 35 percent in the first quarter on an annual comparison. That mirrors a broader trend across the British automobile industry, with demand sliding on UK government plans to improve air quality. And diesel car sales are also … [Read more...] about Nissan to cut hundreds of jobs at UK car plant: source
Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 in an attempt to reduce air pollution that could herald the end of over a century of reliance on the internal combustion engine. A man refuels his car at a petrol station in London, Britain, July 26, 2017. Britain's step, which follows France, amounts to a victory for electric cars that if copied globally could hit the wealth of oil producers, as well as transform car industry jobs and one of the icons of 20th Century capitalism: the automobile itself. The mayors of Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens have said they plan to ban diesel vehicles from city centers by 2025, while the French government also aims to end the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040. The British government has been under pressure to take steps to reduce air pollution after losing legal cases brought … [Read more...] about Electric cars win? Britain to ban new petrol and diesel cars from 2040
Your Say (28-08-2009) Is it unwise to let foreigners drive right-hand cars in VN? Viet Nam News asked its readers about the Ministry of Transport's proposal to allow foreigners to drive cars with steering wheels on the right-hand side in Viet Nam. Last week we asked readers for their opinions about the Ministry of Transport's proposal that would allow foreigners to drive cars with steering wheels on the right while they visit and stay in Viet Nam. Anucha Kwantientong, Thailand, Bangkok I like travelling to other countries in my own car. Many countries allow cars with the steering wheel on the right to use their roads. When I go to these countries, I practise for a short time in order to get used to their traffic signals and laws. … [Read more...] about Is it unwise to let foreigners drive right-hand cars in VN?
As Vietnam's National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung is visiting the UK today, Tuoi Tre talked with British Ambassador Antony Stokes about increasing Vietnam-UK cooperation in various areas. Recently there was also a group of British MPs visiting Vietnam to discuss with the NA and government about several matters, and now the NA Chairman is visiting the UK. Are these signs of a strengthened cooperation between two parliaments? I hope so. Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung's visit will be a good opportunity to talk a bout parliamentary links. I think the NA in Vietnam is developing a stronger role, because as I see it, there's scope for much more accountability, more criticism, and more feedback so that the government can get it right. You are facing great challenges of the middle income growth. You can't always do it right in the long term without good and critical feedback. I think the government has recognised that and is working on making the NA stronger as a mechanism to maintain its … [Read more...] about Ambassador hopeful about VN-UK cooperation