UK Government bans the sale of new fossil fuel vehicles by 2030

The United Kingdom (UK) has announced its plan to outlaw the sale of combustion engine vehicles by the year 2030.

The policy comes under a broader ten-point plan for a “green industrial revolution” that focuses on a range of environmental measures, including carbon capture projects, hydrogen-fueled engines, additional nuclear power stations, offshore wind generators and greater incentives for energy efficiency.

“This 10-point plan will turn the UK into the world’s number one centre for green technology and finance, creating foundations for decades of economic growth,” stated Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister, as reported in the Financial Times. “Green and growth can go hand-in-hand. So let us meet the most enduring threat to our planet with one of the most innovative and ambitious programmes of job-creation we have known.”

While hybrid vehicles will continue to be available at first, the government has declared that only fully electric vehicles will be allowed to be sold past 2035.

“We’ll invest more than £2.8bn in electric vehicles, lacing the land with charging points and creating long-lasting batteries in UK gigafactories”, reports Johnson. “This will allow us to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans in 2030. However, we will allow the sale of hybrid cars and vans that can drive a significant distance with no carbon coming out of the tailpipe until 2035”.

The ban on the sale of vehicles with combustion engines will not prevent cars in use already. Motorists will still be able to use their current vehicles, with their eventual phasing out not part of the immediate plan.

Heavy vehicles will also be exempted at this stage, and instead, a consultation process on the phase-out of diesel trucks will be held. The intention is for hydrogen-powered trucks, rather than EV’s to replace heavy vehicles on UK roads.


Car Advice | UK prepares to ban new petrol and diesel car sales from 2030

Financial Times | Boris Johnson: Now is the time to plan our green recovery

20 November 2020

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