Arup Ireland welcomes the recent position to be taken by the UK Government in banning new diesel and petrol cars and vans in the UK from 2040. The UK announcement follows similar ones from France and those of car manufacturers such as Volvo who said all new models will have an electric motor from 2019.
Arup believes that Ireland can take a similar approach. Pollution has both a direct impact on the quality of life of the population but also on the health service who tackle pollution related illness on a daily basis. As a country, we face significant challenges in order to meet new air quality standards for fine particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) concentrations by 2020. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) state ~1,200 people a year lose their lives due to air pollution. Job creation and development of skills and services to facilitate the EV market must be considered now in order to position Ireland at the forefront of research and development in this area, from hardware design, software support as well as a coordinated approach to management of the road network. In addition, Arup is keen to stress the importance of considering the whole automotive developments around connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) and what this means to the EV sector. The majority of the automotive sector has announced that CAVs will be available for use from 2021. It is widely estimated that these vehicles will, in turn, be migrated to being EVs.
Arup firmly believes that the automotive sector will bring about the use of disruptive technology in the short to medium term. This has an impact in how we prepare our road infrastructure and how we create the skills and knowledge around these new market sectors. Arup supports a policy led approach to their adoption in order to encourage a strategic approach to the development of an environmentally friendly, technology aware economy that will drive job creation and growth. Click Here for the Linkedin post.
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