Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced that he plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030 in ‘extremely ambitious’ statement.
The targets the motor industry has to meet have been moved once again after a previous moving forward of the ban from 2040 to 2035. An announcement that was made not long ago in February of this year. This deadline in backed up by several other green initiatives that aim to boost the popularity of electric vehicles and improve the UK’s chances of reaching the target of zero carbon emissions by 2050.
It will not outlaw combustion engine vehicles completely at first though as it is believed that hybrid models will continue to be sold until 2035. Traditional combustion engine sales, however, will be ceased in 2030. There was speculation of a £6,000 scrappage scheme to help towards the cost of a new electric car but this didn’t come to fruition unfortunately.
That being said, the plug-in grant that covers up to £3,000 is still available to buyers of new cars that produce less than 50g/km of CO2 and travel at least 70 miles without producing any emissions.
To assist the jump-starting of the UK’s charging infrastructure the government has promised a £500m grant, however, car manufacturers are not happy.
Toyota has warned that banning the sale of new hybrid cars will most likely jeopardise the future investment made by company’s in the UK.
Honda has also claimed that the deadline for the ban on combustion and hybrid models in 2035 is too narrow and will be difficult to reach. It also issued the warning that, “there are technological and resource constraints that will be more difficult to overcome and which mean that battery electric cannot replace internal combustion engines in all segments”.
Greenpeace has a different take on moving the ban forward as they believe that moving it to 2030 will help to create 32,000 more jobs. Retail, entertainment and leisure sectors are expected to see a job boost as the cost of owning an electric vehicle decreases and disposable income increases as a result.
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