'Thrilled!' 2030 petrol and diesel car ban to go ahead despite electric car concerns


    In October, the former Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan confirmed that the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans would go ahead. This is expected to be followed by all new cars and vans to be fully zero emission at the tailpipe from 2035.

    Between 2030 and 2035, new cars and vans can be sold if they have the capability to drive a significant distance with zero emissions.

    Petrol, diesel and hybrid HGVs over 26 tonnes could be banned from 2040, subject to a Government consultation.

    Aidan McClean, CEO and co-founder of UFODRIVE, has called on the UK Government to use the net zero plans to “seriously limit” the use of petrol and diesel cars.

    However, he acknowledged that the charging infrastructure across the country needs to be upgraded massively.

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    “To achieve this, investment isn’t enough; holistic, confident and joined-up policy is needed. From here, private and public funds can make the electric revolution both possible and practical.”

    The lofty environmental plans were first unveiled in November 2020, when then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson called it a “historic step towards net zero”.

    The move was accompanied by a £1.8billion pledge to support greater uptake of zero emission vehicles for greener car journeys.

    According to Zap Map, at the end of October 2022, there were 35,778 electric vehicle charging points across the UK, across 21,378 charging locations. 

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    “After all, many EVs have a range of over 200 miles, and most don’t regularly drive anywhere near that far. Frankly, this is why ‘range anxiety’ should be called ‘user-experience anxiety’”.

    Yesterday, Number 10 confirmed that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will be attending the COP27 climate summit in Egypt.

    It had previously been said he was too busy dealing with the first weeks of his Premiership and the upcoming economic statement.

    He said that he wanted to deliver on Glasgow’s legacy after the Scottish city hosted the COP26 summit last November.

    Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also expected to attend, as well as climate adviser Alok Sharma.


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