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Internal combustion engine ban could come in 2032

Date: 12 February 2020   |   Author: Illya Verpraet

The Government is looking at bringing the proposed internal combustion engine ban forward to 2032 instead of 2035, just a week after the 2035 plan was announced.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was asked in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live how much the Government is investing in charging infrastructure. He said: "We're putting about £1.5bn in at the moment. Michael Gove announced the original 2040 [date for the ban of petrol and diesel car sales]. The prime minister last week said we'd like to do that by 2035 - or even 2032. ... That's the consultation: 2032-2035.

"We have domestic car producers and we want to help them to transition. We're putting in a lot of money - about £1.5bn and there's more to come"

The 2035 date has already drawn a lot of criticism - not least because it will also include halting the sale of hybrid vehicles. SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes accused the Government of moving the goalposts and called out the lack of clarity on the future of the plug-in car grant.

Meanwhile, Acfo chair Caroline Sandall called a straightforward ban 'simplistic' and said "politicians must make it much easier to switch, and switch quickly."