First France, now the UK. When it comes to motoring, countries are queuing up to show off their environmental credentials.

The British government has announced that new diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned from 2040. The move follows hot on the heels of a similar announcement from France’s ecology minister with the same timeframe.

Both pledges are designed to cut toxic emissions, improve air quality and cut public health risks.

Car giants such as SEAT and Kia are already ahead of the game when it comes to alternative fuels. SEAT recently announced an innovative partnership in Spain to promote and commercialise natural gas powered vehicles. ​

Earlier this year four Kia Vehicles were named among Best Electrified and “Eco-Friendly” offerings by the trusted consumer website Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com. Also, Volvo says that all of its new models will have an electric engine from 2019. And BMW has revealed that its new electric Mini will go into production in 2019 in the UK.

Following the announcements by the British and French governments, we can expect more and more initiatives such as these over the next few months and years from the big beasts of the automotive world.