UK set to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2030

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Words: Matthew Hansen
17 Nov 2020

According to reports from all over Europe, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce this week that the country will be shifting its proposed ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel internal combustion vehicles five years forwards — from 2035 to 2030.

It’s actually the second time the ban has been shifted, having initially been proposed to take place in 2040 before being moved forwards to 2035 “or earlier if a faster transition appears feasible”.

The announcement is also set to implicate plug-in hybrids, which are also set to be banned from sale by 2035. According to the reports, this will leave fully electric cars and hydrogen cars as the only options for new-car buyers. It is hoped that the move will make a dent in the country’s climate goals, which include a net zero emissions target by 2050.

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EV uptake in the UK has been better than most other countries, but still lags well behind the amount of internal combustion vehicle sales. UK outlet Autoexpress cites that 12.1 per cent of new-vehicle registrations this month have been EVs and PHEVs.

As of 2018, over 600,000 electrified and alternative fuel vehicles were on UK roads, with that number likely to have expanded vastly over 2019 and 2020. That compares to 18.5 million petrol vehicles and 12.4 million diesel vehicles according to numbers gathered during the same period.

The news comes as European brands rush to make sure their line-ups comply with aggressive new emission standards. While other countries may not pledge to kill off petrol and diesel by 2030, it’s expected that bans across Europe will have a ripple effect on vehicle production worldwide.

While range has improved significantly in recent years, EVs still have to navigate price parity and infrastructure concerns among buyers before they can expect to sell in similar volumes to traditional vehicles.

Closer to home, it was confirmed last week that New Zealand has its first sub-$50,000 fully electric car in the form of the MG ZS EV. After much fluctuation in pricing, the Chinese-owned firm announced that its flagship ZS would wear a sticker price of $48,990 plus on-road costs.

 

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