In 2017, the UK Government announced its commitment to ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 with an objective to achieve zero vehicle emissions. The Times recently reported that this ban could actually be brought forward by 5 years to accelerate the change. This has been the catalyst for a massive shift towards electric cars and will likely feed into the roll out of autonomous vehicles.

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Ashiss Kumar Dash, SVP, Industry Head of Services at Infosys.

The trend is apparent already. While car sales in the UK dropped by an annual 1.6% in August 2019, there was a 377.5% increase in registrations of electric vehicle batteries, according to the car industry body, SMMT. Tesla Model 3 was the UK’s third most popular car choice in August 2019. Statistics also indicated that there could be as many as 36 million electric vehicles on UK roads by 2040.



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