The Government plans to bring forward the end of petrol, diesel and hybrid car sales 7 years earlier than previously expected.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “This Government’s £1.5bn strategy to make owning an electric vehicle as easy as possible is working – last year alone, a fully electric car was sold every 15 minutes.
“We want to go further than ever before. That’s why we are bringing forward our already ambitious target to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars to tackle climate change and reduce emissions.”
Last week, the government sparked industry concern after bringing the date forward from 2040 to 2035 in a bid to hit zero-carbon emission targets.
This week they took it even further when Grant Shapps transport minister said that the government feel that they could actually bring the ban in as soon as 2032, just 12 years time.
The move to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars five years earlier than previously announced is line with plans outlined for Scotland.
The decision to include hybrids should not come as a shock as they still utilise petrol or diesel engines.
Electric Future Outlined
So by 2035 at latest, only pure electrically powered vehicles will be allowed for sale. With pure electric vehicles accounting for just 1.6% of new car registrations last year the markets still got some growing to do to catch up with other country’s such as Norway where pure electric vehicles have already overtaken petrol and diesel, the Tesla Model 3 is already the best selling car there.
Phil Corker from the UK’s Best Prestige Car Buying Company “webuysupercars” thinks that the responsibility of achieving this in the UK lies with the Government
“If the government want to achieve its objectives it going to have to invest in the infrastructure, when we talk to the public about buying an electric car, the lack of facilities to charge them is always the first objection.”
“If the Government is to stand a chance of meeting such an ambitious target, the challenge remains the same as before; they must improve the UK’s EV infrastructure. The manufactures are playing their part, but they need help from those driving the change to make it a practical option for more of the public.”
Sue Robinson, the director, NFDA, said: “We will work closely with Government, regulators and industry participants to help manage the transition to EVs. Schemes such as Electric Vehicle Approved are vital if the industry is to meet the 2035 deadline.”
Should you ditch petrol now?
As all manufacturers up their EV efforts, this might be the time to enjoy that last fling with petrol power, but what’s going to happen to the used car market as we approach the deadline is anyone’s guess.
We predict that some mainstream cars will slowly disappear into the abyss and the best of today’s performance cars set to become classics.
When and where you’re going to be allowed to enjoy them, we can only guess, but we don’t see them disappearing entirely.
Some exciting times ahead, for the industry and public alike.