Sales of new petrol and diesel cars could be BANNED by 2035 – five years earlier than planned – as Boris Johnson tries to boost his green credentials.
The sale of all new petrol, diesel, and hybrid cars – accompanied by plug-in hybrids – will be banned from 2035 alternately 2040, the Prime Minister and Transport Secretary have declared.
The transition is being made to improve Britain’s achieve virtually zero carbon emissions by the middle of the century.
The policy will be revealed at an event to launch Glasgow’s hosting of a United Nations climate summit in November.
But it could be dominated by a blast from the summit’s former head, which was recently fired by the prime minister.
The 2040 ban had already been considered difficult by some, but moving it forward by five years is possibly the less important of the two statements. The fate of standard hybrids had been in the balance since the 2040 ban was originally announced as part of the Government’s Road to Zero strategy in of 2018, but it had always been supposed that plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) – which can run on battery power alone for between roughly 20 to 70 miles – would be spared the ax.
New hydrogen cars would also be permitted to be sold from 2035, but the Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Nexo are the only hydrogen cars from mainstream companies, and these are not available on the global market at present.
The government has also announced that the ban could even be “earlier if a faster transition is feasible.”
The UK could also be well-placed to require advantage of the 2035 ban, however. Only last year Jaguar Land Rover announced a £1billion investment in electric car manufacturing facilities within the UK, while the Nissan Leaf EV is made in Sunderland. But the news will surely raise eyebrows among the broader car production, which has spent heavily in PHEVs – cars that typically emit as little as 50 grams per kilometer of CO2. The 2035 ban is additionally likely to form oil companies nervous – not least if it’s adopted by other countries.
“A new 2035 objective will still leave the UK in the slow-lane of the electric car revolution and between providing more greenhouse gases to spread into the atmosphere”
“If the UK government needs to show real leadership ahead of this year’s environment summit it must also urgently modify its plans for more climate-wrecking roads and runways – and pull the connection on its support for new gas, coal and oil developments.”
President Edmund King said: “Drivers support measures to clean up oxygen quality and decrease CO2 emissions but these stretched targets are especially challenging.
King also concluded that “Companies are also spending billions on producing state of the art hybrids which are zero-emissions for several journeys but these also will be excluded from sale. This seems a backward step that would backfire by encouraging drivers to carry onto older more polluting vehicles for extended.”