The changes mean that sales of brand new petrol and diesel cars will no longer be allowed after 2030 in a bid to phase out polluting models to meet a 2050 zero-carbon target. The move will force drivers to switch to hybrid and electric models which will put major pressure on the green-friendly industry.
Howard Cox, spokersperson for Fair Fuel UK attacked the new proposals, addding that drivers would be “devastated” that their cars would “become worthless” within just years.
He warned that the “death sentence” on many cars was a political betrayal of drivers and would seriously harm those on lower incomes.
He said: “Drivers across the UK will be devastated their valued car, van or truck, at just the stroke of a Ministers pen, will nosedive in value and become worthless.
“The anti-driver policies pouring out of the Government on a daily basis were not in the Tory’s election manifesto.
“Putting a 9-year death sentence on diesel and petrol vehicles is tantamount to a political and economic betrayal of UK’s 37m voters who drive.
“Especially on those on low incomes and businesses surviving on low margins.”
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Currently just one percent of UK cars run on electric power with sales still just a shadow of the petrol and diesel market.
Latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) revaled that sales of fully electric cars accounted for just 5.5 percent of the total market sales this year.
A total of 76,000 electric cars were sold compared to almost 800,000 petrol models and 230,000 diesel cars.
This is in a year which has proven difficult for the car industry with sales of petrol models down 39 percent on 2019.
RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes has warned that the car industry has an “enormous task” on its hands to ensure the switch is a success.
They warned that running an electric car is “very different” to a petrol or diesel car with drivers set to face a “big learning curve”.
He added: “With the Government formally bringing forward the date for banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars to 2030, the car industry and those responsible for charging infrastructure now have an enormous task on their hands.
Experts at Carwow have warned that work needed to start immediately to ensure that “even the most sceptical” made the switch.
The firm warned it would be “no surprise” to see new car sales plummet and interest in second hand cars rise if motorists simply stick to what they knew.
AA President Edmund King was slightly more optimistic adding that the updates will be a “welcome stepping stone” for many.
“We are pleased that the package of measures announced is more than just a date in the diary.
“By investing heavily in the national charging network, battery production and providing incentives will help.
“The concession for hybrids will be a welcome stepping stone for fleets and individuals before going fully electric.
“One of the biggest challenges will be for carmakers to change more than 100 years of combustion engine production to cater for an electric future within a decade.”
In the new £12billion green budget, it is expected that £1.3billion will help to accelerate the roll-out of new charging infrastructure across the UK.
Surveys have previously shown that concerns over charging an electric car was one of the biggest barriers to take-up and will need to be addressed before the end of the decade.
It is expected that £582million wlll help drivers to afford zero or ultra-low emission cars with almost £500million spent on producing batteries for electric models.
Amanda Stretton, Transport editor at Centrica said: We welcome the Government bringing forward the ban to 2030 to encourage electric vehicle uptake, it’s something we’ve been asking for a while.
“However, it’s important that we now address the supporting structures needed to deliver the ban.”
Fiona Howarth, CEO of Octopus Electric Vehicles says she supports the new measures which she described a “landmark moment” for British motoring.
She added that drivers were able to make the switch to electric cars immediately to enjoy “thousands” of pounds worth of extra savings on vehicle running costs.
She said: “Drivers don’t have to wait until 2030 to go electric – the cars, the charge points, and the affordable prices are here today.
“By switching now, drivers can save thousands in fuel, tax and maintenance costs, and make the most of generous government incentives that won’t be around forever.
Published at Wed, 18 Nov 2020 08:06:00 +0000