Sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned in the UK from 2040

The Government has today announced that the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned in the UK from 2040.

In less than 23 years time only new electric vehicles will be sold, yet it will still be legal to sell used petrol and diesel cars until they are no longer road worthy.

However, hybrid vehicles will not be affected.

While charging point firm Chargemaster predicts there will be more than one million plug-in cars on UK roads by 2022, the Government is now expecting a much quicker rate of adoption.

The Government’s decision is part of a £3bn strategy to tackle air pollution and comes after a protracted legal battle with environmentalists and activists. The High court had set a deadline of July 31st to release the plans.

The strategy includes a £255m fund to help councils tackle emissions from diesel vehicles and ministers will consult on a vehicle scrappage scheme later this year that would incentivise drivers to ditch petrol or diesel cars for electric ones.

Manufactures have been preparing for such a shift for quite some time, with BMW Group announcing yesterday that it will build an all-electric MINI Hatch from 2019.


James Ash


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July 26, 2017

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