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Could fumes be a thing of the past?

John Felder with an electric car.

The supplier of electric cars in Cayman has said he’s not shocked by news that the United Kingdom has announced plans to ban the sale of all petrol and diesel cars and vans from the year 2040.

The U.K. is following in France’s footsteps by reducing its carbon footprint.

The news was welcomed here in Cayman.

“This is quite exciting,” said John Felder of Cayman Automotive. “Just imagine how this action will impact France and all future generations.”

Mr. Felder sells electric cars in Cayman and also exports his vehicles elsewhere in the Caribbean.

He believes Cayman is leading the way in the region when it comes to reducing polluting emissions.

“Electric vehicles are here to stay and will forever change our fragile eco-system,” Mr. Felder said.

“Grand Cayman made the first step towards a cleaner environment when the Traffic Law was revised on November 11, 2011 to allow the use of 100 percent electric vehicles to be driven on public roads.

“Today, Grand Cayman is a leader and it will only continue as more charge stations are on the way and some will be solar assisted with battery storage systems.”

The announcement from the U.K. came from Environmental Secretary Michael Gove who said the move is part of a scheme to rid the roads of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2050.

The U.K. government is planning on making millions of pounds available to local authorities to improve public transport and restrict diesel cars on already heavily polluted roads.

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