Ireland is the latest country to join the war on internal combustion engines, following recent announcements by UK and France whose plans are to phase out petrol and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040.

Reports have claimed that the Irish government is proposing a new law that would effectively ban the sale of new vehicles powered by internal combustion engines by 2030, just like India.

By then, the local government plans to have nearly one million electric vehicles on the road which would form nearly half of the two million or so vehicles in Ireland at the moment.

Car manufacturers have also taken unconventional approaches in elevating their brand’s EV appeal, like Porsche’s launch of the Taycan in collaboration with Star Wars in Singapore.

The ban was proposed by Ireland’s Minister of Environment and Climate Action, Richard Burton, as part of the Irish government’s new “Climate Action Plan” which aims to make the country carbon-neutral by 2050.

It’s still mind-boggling to think how these countries would achieve such a target seeing as an overwhelming majority of cars on the road are still powered by conventional internal combustion engines.

In the Malaysian context, it’s hard to imagine how our local government would go about such a move seeing as there are still cars from the 1980’s still roaming our streets.


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Pan Eu Jin
Regularly spend countless hours online looking at cars and parts I can't afford to buy. How a car makes you feel behind the wheel should be more important than the brand it represents - unless resale value is your thing.