Diesel Engines to be Banned from London?

Electric cars such as this Tesla hatchback  may become a familiar sight in London.

Reports today say moves are being considered to ban diesel vehicles from London.  This is because diesel cars cause 40% of the air pollution. I do not dispute the figures, but it would not be newsworthy if the headlines read ‘Diesel cars account for less than half the Capitals pollution. ‘

Banning diesel engines in London would bring an end to public transport on the surface and the tube network could not cope with the extra passenger numbers.  Eventually a tram or trolleybus network would be established, and  chargers for electric cars will be installed at many parking spaces.

The threat of change is a wonderful stimulus to development and the threat of combustion engines being banned from town centres will certainly stimulate  electric car research and development.