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Gas ruled out from powering UK’s new electric cars

The UK’s ban on new fossil fuel-powered cars from 2040 will increase power demand, but new generation will mainly come from renewables, analysts say The UK’s ban on new fossil fuel-powered cars from 2040 will increase power demand, but new generation will mainly come from renewables, analysts say.
By Silvia Favasuli 27 July 2017 0 26959
The Tesla Model X. The UK will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040. (Tesla)

The UK’s ban on new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 will result in increased power demand, but the additional generation capacity the new vehicles will need is unlikely to come from gas, analysts have said.

“Nobody is talking about powering these cars with fossil fuel energy. What people are talking about is renewable energy and battery storage,” Jonathan Stern, founder of the gas research programme at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, told Interfax Natural Gas Daily

According to Stern, by 2040 – when the UK’s...