The ban applies to combustion engines as the sole source of power and does not include hybrids or plug-in hybrids which is what the industry expects all new vehicles to be based on well before 2040.
ICE research, instead of declining in the wake of the ban is, in fact, intensifying, as evidenced at the University of Brighton where the quest for more efficient, zero-emission hydrocarbon fuel engines is gathering pace.
Professor Morgan Heikal leads the University’s Advanced Engineering Centre (AEC) which acts as a as a ‘spoke’ for ICE thermal efficiency as part of the Advanced Propulsion Centre formed from a commitment between the Government and automotive industry to position the UK as a global centre of excellence for low carbon powertrain development and production.
Professor Heikal, who was this week named as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “The road map for the automotive sector is clearly drawn by the UK Automotive Council. We, as a spoke of the Advanced Propulsion Centre, will be following this map and will use our research expertise to fulfil the aims of the council and help industry develop the right technologies required.