UK Officially Bringing Forward Ban Of New Petrol And Diesel Cars To 2030

Having already brought forward its previous target to ban the sale of new ICE cars from 2040 to 2035, the UK government is now aiming for 2030
UK Officially Bringing Forward Ban Of New Petrol And Diesel Cars To 2030

There could be even less time to buy a brand new purely internal combustion-powered car in the UK than previously thought. The government initially proposed banning the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2040, subsequently bringing that forward to 2035 or even sooner if possible.

Number 10 has indeed decided that a swifter cull is feasible, with the announcement of a new target of 2030 as part of a 10-point green initiative. Yep, well within 10 years. “Our green industrial revolution will be powered by the wind turbines of Scotland and the North East, propelled by the electric vehicles made in the Midlands and advanced by the latest technologies developed in Wales, so we can look ahead to a more prosperous, greener future,” Prime Minster Boris Johnson said on Tuesday.

This will encompass all cars powered solely by petrol or diesel plus closed-system hybrids, with “hybrid cars that can drive a significant distance without emitting carbon” to be given a reprieve until 2035. Beyond that year, only fully electric cars will remain available to buy new.

UK Officially Bringing Forward Ban Of New Petrol And Diesel Cars To 2030

Understandably, there will be concerns as to how doable this is, and the kind of impact it’ll have on the car industry. Of all the cars sold in the UK last year, just six per cent where either full EVs or plug-in hybrids in 2019, and although this figure is climbing steadily, the market has a long way to go in just nine years.

Electric vehicles remain significantly more expensive than their petrol or diesel-powered counterparts. A Peugeot e-208, for example, starts at £25,050, compared to £16,310 for the cheapest ICE version - a sizeable gap even though the former’s price is reduced by £3500 thanks to a government grant.

UK Officially Bringing Forward Ban Of New Petrol And Diesel Cars To 2030

The UK’s public charging network also has to expand significantly if it’s to rise to the challenge of mass EV ownership. It’s moving in the right direction, having increased five-fold since 2015, but only a sixth of the network is made up by rapid chargers. Easy access to powerful chargers will be a must for anyone who can’t rely on a driveway at home to park and juice up their car on overnight. To that end, the government has pledged £1.3 billion to “accelerate the rollout of chargepoints for electric vehicles in homes, streets and on motorways across England”. It will also spend a further £500 million to help establish a site to manufacture battery packs in the country.

The 2030 target will also give the government money headaches, and you’re not going to like the solution mooted. The fuel and vehicle excise duty the government will miss out on is set to create a £40 billion black hole in its budget, which it could fill using road pricing. According to The Times, chancellor Rishi Sunak is said to be “very interested” in implementing it to raise lost funds.

UK Officially Bringing Forward Ban Of New Petrol And Diesel Cars To 2030

Reacting to the news, AA president Edmund King said :“Consistently, the barriers to EV ownership are: the initial cost of the car and availability, perceived single-charge range anxiety and charging infrastructure – particularly for the third of drivers without off-street parking,” adding, “If we can tackle these issues with considerable investment and focus, the electric revolution could flourish.”

This article was updated on 18 November to reflect the government’s official announcement



The Government also doesn’t seem to take into account that their house building targets counteract the ability to charge your car at home.
Most new estates where I live you have a parking space for 4 bedroom house and then that parking space may not even be drive way.
So will they be mandating all new house to be build with electric charging ports for cars as well?
Where I live with out getting permission from the council or putting trip hazard wires across the footpath I cannot charge a car at home.
also when looking for charging ports between my house and work there is a total of 2 that are publicly accessible with out having to pay for parking so that is completely useless.
I am all for the electric cars coming the next thing but they need to be realistic and make it so people can use them, they have spent 50+ years building up the old infrastructure and now they want to build a new one in 10 years.

11/16/2020 - 15:55 |
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Freddie Skeates

I know OEMs are taking electric cars seriously, but unsurprisingly it doesn’t seem like they’re taking these vague, virtue-signalling bans seriously

11/16/2020 - 16:06 |
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fReE mArKeT

11/16/2020 - 17:30 |
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It’s obvious to most that EVs are impractical for anything other than city driving, so governments take matters in their own hands and skew the market. Oh well, this is making me happy I don’t live in the UK.

11/16/2020 - 17:34 |
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This is absurd. I will never even consider an electric vehicle until it’s range is comparable to that of an ICE vehicle, and same goes to charging time. I am someone who often travels from the UK to Poland (a 1000 mile journey), so imagine even with one of the higher range EVs (~320 miles), I’d have to recharge around 3-4 times, and we all know how long it takes to charge an EV. What I don’t understand is why the government didn’t invest into nuclear power, or isn’t looking into other eco-friendly alternatives such as flex-power (ethanol//petrol, popular in Brazil), or even LPG (popular in my home-country of Poland). Also, what about some sort of car running on hydropower/water?

11/16/2020 - 21:31 |
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V-Tech and EcoBoost kicked in yo

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

why the government didn’t invest into nuclear power

Because renewables like solar and wind are far more investor friendly and politically stable. Nuke plants are notorious for cost overuns and take years to build. China recently made a 2+ gigwatt photovoltaic plant in something like 4 months. Even though Gen 4 reactors like molten salt thorium reactors are inherently meltdown proof and do not produce any weapons grade material, the fact is that there is still a lot of bureaucracy involved in commissioning nuke plants. Renewables have the benefits of economies of scale from mass production. SMR nuclear plants have a chance, but the tech is still in its infacy and nowhere near their promised mass production levels. Nuclear does have the lowest C02 impact of any power generation scheme, but renewable are more attractive to the investors who want their returns asap

11/18/2020 - 00:20 |
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1950 Mercury Coupe

Wouldn’t surprise me if in a few months they’ll bring it forward again, to 2025. Because they’re delusional.

11/17/2020 - 10:41 |
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You truly get, and deserve, the Gov’t you vote(d) for… Which is why I encourage true petrolheads, who are abroad, to move to a Red country
(Normally i’d leave a period to mark the end of me sentence. But uber-triggered children/adults find periods and exclamation points “hateful” and “too abrupt”)

11/17/2020 - 22:39 |
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America’s a shit place for petrolheads too now, thank Biden for that

11/18/2020 - 19:29 |
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