When Will Petrol Cars Be Banned?


It’s no surprise that electric vehicles are leading the charge when it comes to new car sales.

There are now an estimated 477,000 electric cars on UK roads and more EVs were sold in 2021 than over the previous five years combined.

Apart from the fact that electric cars are kinder to the planet and cheaper to run, the reason for this seismic shift in car buying habits is a big change coming in 2030.

When will petrol cars be banned?

The sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned in the UK from 2030 – 10 years ahead of the original 2040 target.

Fossil-fuel cars are being outlawed in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality. This is an important step on the road to becoming a carbon-neutral society.

Greenpeace claims that polluting cars and vans are responsible for around one-fifth of all carbon emissions in the UK. Official government figures estimate that between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths a year are attributed to long-term exposure to air pollution.

What has the government said?

In November 2020 the government announced the end of the sale of new petrol and diesel cars – and vans – in the UK by 2030.

Sales of many new hybrid cars will also be affected after 2030, though this has yet to be fully clarified.

Between 2030 and 2035, new hybrid cars and vans can be sold if they have the capability to drive a “significant distance” with zero emissions (eg plug-in hybrids which have varied pure electric ranges of between 30-70 miles).

There is currently no confirmation of any minimum electric range requirement after 2030 and the government said this will be “defined through consultation”.

From 2035 it’s expected that all new cars and vans should be “fully zero emission at the tailpipe”. In other words, 100% electric.

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