A ban on selling new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars in the United Kingdom will be brought forward from 2040 to 2035, at the latest, the government says. The change comes after experts said 2040 would be too late to enable the UK to meet its target of emitting virtually zero carbon by 2050.
Once the ban comes into effect, only electric or hydrogen vehicles will be available for purchase.
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson revealed the change of timeline as part of a launch event for the COP26 climate summit in November – an annual UN-led gathering set up to assess progress on tackling climate change.
Meanwhile, the Scottish government has already pledged to “phase out the need” for petrol and diesel cars by 2032, with measures such as an expansion of the charging network for electric cars.
A recent study by TRL discovered that the availability of charging infrastructure was a major barrier in mainstream consumer adoption of electric vehicles. The findings suggested that provision of rapid charging points every 20 miles on motorways and A-roads will significantly encourage adoption.
The study also identified driving range and vehicle price as barriers to adoption. The full study can be found here