The government has revealed plans to bring forward the ban on selling internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle five years to 2035.
Further restrictions on petrol and diesel cars could be implemented sooner if there is a possibility for a faster transition, the government said. Hybrids with an engine and a battery will also be subject to a ban, subject to consultation.
GlobalData’s motor finance editor Chris Lemmon comments: “The government’s announcement to bring forward the ban on petrol and diesel vehicles to 2035 will undoubtedly ruffle some feathers in the UK automotive industry – which was already under pressure to meet the 2040 deadline.
“Despite the huge growth seen in the electric vehicle space over the last 18 months, battery electric vehicles still only account for 0.2% of vehicles on our roads. The government must do more to help achieve its ambitious goal – through better incentives for ownership and extensive, reliable infrastructure.
“The two main barriers to adoption of electric vehicles remain price and infrastructure. If the government can help bring the cost of an EV down, and alleviate consumer fears over range and infrastructure through significant investment – then a 2035 deadline could be achieved.”