No new petrol or diesel cars in Scotland and Mazda will move to a fully electrified range – The latest auto news

The government of Scotland has announced a plan to phase out all vehicles with internal combustion engines by 2032

The deadline on new petrol and diesel cars puts Scotland eight years ahead of the timescale proposed for the rest of UK.

“Our aim is for new petrol and diesel cars and vans to be phased out in Scotland by 2032 — the end of the period covered by our new climate change plan and eight years ahead of the target set by the UK government,” Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said.

Although the Scottish government has no power to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars, the ministers want to make a conditions for purchasing electric vehicles so favorable that no one will buy a car with ICE.

The country also aims to fast-track the development of a country-wide electric vehicle (EV) charging network, and pledge to double their investment on walking and biking from around $52.7 million to around $105.5 million in order to improve air quality.

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Many other countries are planning to get rid of gas-guzzling cars. Norway is banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2025. Germany plans to ban the internal combustion engine by 2030. India intends to be a “100 percent electric vehicle nation” by 2030. France has also set a date of 2040.

The Japanese automaker Mazda intends to make all of its models powered by electric or hybrid motors

It was announced at the marque’s Global Tech Forum in Frankfurt, Germany, that Mazda’s lineup will be totally electrified by 2035. At the moment, Japan’s Mazda Motors makes no all-battery electric vehicles. It does offer a hybrid version of the Mazda3, but it’s available only in Japan. The Mazda’s officials announced that the company will add a hybrid vehicle to its lineup and introduce a battery-driven car by 2019.

Mazda is the third automaker this year to stake that claim. Britain’s biggest automaker Jaguar Land Rover also tends to join electrify-everything club. The company, owned by India’s Tata Motors, announced that every car built after 2020 will be either be fully electric, plug-in hybrid, or mild hybrid. The Sweden-based automaker Volvo – which is owned by China’s Geely – is working on a similar initiative to electrify its lineup by 2019.

Consumers have so far shown limited interest in electric and hybrid cars, despite the fact that automakers are offering more and more of them. Electrified vehicles of all kinds currently make up only about 3% of all cars sold worldwide, according to data from IHS Markit, although sales are growing fast from that low base.

Old diesel cars from Germany are expected to end up in Poland

Car manufacturers in Germany promise discounts up to 10,000 euros for buyers who trade in their old diesel car for a new one. Many of the old vehicles may end up in Poland, where they can be driven perfectly legally.

BMW, Mercedes and Toyota are offering around 2,000 euros when car owners trade in a diesel model that is at least 7 years old and that meets the EURO 4 emissions limit, but the old car will not be demolished. Apparently, they may later end up on the Polish market. In 2016, BMW was the sixth-most popular brand among Polish secondhand car buyers. Toyota and Mercedes came in ninth and tenth, respectively.

Since 2011, the market of used cars in Poland is constantly increasing. According to the latest annual report of the “Association of Automotive Manufacturers of Poland (PZPM)”, only during 2015-2016 the market grew by 20 percent. Used cars account for two-thirds of first-time car registrations in Poland – new cars only make up one-third. Around 1.5 million cars are registered every year, more than half of the first registrations – 54% – accounted for used cars, which are older than 10 years and cause particularly great damage to the environment.

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Germans figured out how to reduce fine dust pollution caused by vehicles

Leading German filtration specialist MANN+HUMMEL began field tests of the experimental filtration system for cars. Experts believe that this will help reduce the fine dust pollution in cities.

The test Volkswagen Passat, which the company brought to the streets of Stuttgart, was equipped with three innovative filters: a fine dust filter installed on the roof of the vehicle, a unique cabin filter and a dust particle filter for brake discs.

A fine dust particle filter, installed on the roof of the car, separates the solid particles from the surrounding air. MANN+HUMMEL conducted computer simulations which showed that particulate emissions caused by fuel combustion could be completely compensated by using the fine dust filter. Now it is needed to conduct further field tests under real driving conditions to prove this.

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The innovative cabin filter uses activated carbon mix to clean the air from toxic nitrogen oxides and other harmful gases. It also uses a special protective coating and ultra-fine nanofibers that protect against ammonia, particulate matter and pollen.

The brake dust particle filter is installed close to the brake caliper, and is able to capture brake dust particles at the source before they are released into the environment.  The new brake dust particle filter can be used on all types of vehicle disc braking systems.

Volvo began to install in XC90 climate system with a new innovative cabin air filter, which removes up to 70 percent more harmful substances than traditional filters. In “Tesla” the cabin HEPA filter appeared, which 300 times more effectively protects against the penetration of bacteria, 500 times better filters allergens, and 700 and 800 times more efficiently cope with the smog and viruses, respectively.




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