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Petrol and diesel ban to be brought forward to 2035, to include hybrids

Date: 04 February 2020   |   Author: Illya Verpraet

The Government intends to halt the sales of petrol and diesel cars in 2035 instead of 2040. The ban is to include hybrids, which wasn't the case with the previous plan.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the updated plan at the launch party for the COP26 UN climate summit in Glasgow in November.

The big news is that only zero-emissions cars would still be able to be sold after 2035. Previously, hybrids emitting less than 75g/km of CO2 would still be allowed, which left a lot of leeway, especially for fleets.

The updated ban on internal combustion engines is currently just a proposal that is subject to consultation.

Johnson said the date could be brought forward even more if possible.

The SMMT criticised the announcement, with chief executive Mike Hawes saying: "It's extremely concerning that government has seemingly moved the goalposts for consumers and industry on such a critical issue.

"it's clear that accelerating an already very challenging ambition will take more than industry investment. This is about market transformation, yet we still don't have clarity on the future of the plug-in car grant - the most significant driver of EV uptake - which ends in just 60 days' time, while the UK's charging network is still woefully inadequate."