Petrol and diesel car ban could be moved to 2030 in desperate bid for electric car switch

Petrol and diesel car ban could be moved to 2030 in desperate bid for electric car switch

The ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel models could be brought forward from 2040 to 2030 to get people to switch. It is understood the government had hoped to set out plans this week, according to the Guardian, but this was delayed.

But many are concerned that the nation may not be prepared for an earlier switch.

A recent survey by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) found that 44 percent of motorists do not think they will be ready to run an electric car by 2035.

A quarter of those interviewed by the SMMT admitted they don’t want to buy an electric car at any point in the future.

The agency has called for the government to issue extra incentives to drive up sales or push back on the implementation of the scheme.

Figures reveal that 33,000 pure electric and hybrid models were registered between April and June compared to just 29,900 diesel cars.

The most popular models in the UK included the Tesla Model 3 and the Nissan Leaf machines.

Four years ago, diesel cars outsold electric models by 14 to one in a major turnaround for the eco machines.

Separate data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reveals a surge in demand for models this year.

The data reveals that almost 45,000 fully electric models have been sold in 2020 alongside a further 29,800 hybrid machines.

This equates to a massive 157 and 67.7 percent increase in the number of cars sold in 2019.

Published at Mon, 21 Sep 2020 13:02:56 +0000