The UK government has confirmed this week it will bring forward its ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2030.
The government had previously announced it would end the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by 2040. This recent news comes from Prime Minister Boris Johnson as part of a 10-point plan to tackle climate change and create new ‘green’ jobs as part of the UK becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.
Although ICE cars and vans cannot be sold from 2030, the sale of certain hybrid cars and vans "that can drive a significant distance when no carbon is coming out of the tailpipe" will be allowed to be sold until 2035; this ‘significant’ distance is however yet to be specified.
To support the ban being brought forward to 2030, the Prime Minister has announced £1.3 billion will be spent on charge points for electric vehicles; £582 million in grants to contribute towards the purchasing of zero or ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs); and £500m to be spent over the next four years for the development and production of electric vehicle batteries.