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2035 Petrol/Diesel Ban Deadline


A ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles could come even sooner than expected, with government now saying it intends to bring the deadline forward to 2035 – or even earlier if possible.

The ban will also be widened to include hybrids for the first time as well. The ban was originally announced in July 2017.  The revision will be examined in a consultation. 2040 had been previously announced as the date for stopping new petrol and diesel vehicle sales. However, during his launch of the COP26 UN climate talks, set for November and being held in Glasgow, Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined plans to make the UK a leader in tackling climate change, with the revised 2035 date among the headline points. One of the reasons behind the revised deadline is that it is believed that the original 2040 target would leave combustion engine vehicles still running after 2050.

At the launch, held at the Science Museum in London, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “As we set out our plans to hit our ambitious 2050 net zero target across this year, so we shall urge others to join us in pledging net zero emissions. There can be no greater responsibility than protecting our planet, and no mission that a global Britain is prouder to serve.”

Commenting on the revised plan, SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes said: “It’s extremely concerning that government has seemingly moved the goalposts for consumers and industry on such a critical issue. Manufacturers are fully invested in a zero emissions future, with some 60 plug-in models now on the market and 34 more coming in 2020. However, with current demand for this expensive technology is still just a fraction of sales, it’s clear that accelerating an already very challenging ambition will take more than industry investment. To help the market transform there is a plug-in car grant available to those who are eligible – This grant is the most significant driver of Electric Vehicle uptake – It’s supposed to end in just over 30 days’ time, at a time when it has to be recognised that the UK’s charging network is woefully inadequate.

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