Petrol and Diesel Ban Brought Forward to 2030 But No Panic
Under new plans laid out by Boris Johnson there will be a ban on the sale of new traditionally powered petrol and diesel cars by 2030, with a plug-in hybrid deadline of 2035. It had been muted that the government would bring the deadlines of 2035 and 2040 respectively forward.
The Prime Minister called the plan his ‘green industrial revolution’ aimed at tackling climate change and creating employment in alternative energy industries as part of the UK’s target to meet net zero emissions by 2050.
The government has committed to investing a fee approaching £3 billion in full electric vehicles, supporting infrastructure and research.
Will I Still Be Able To Drive My Petrol or Diesel Car After The Deadline?
Absolutely, the government has stated that the ban is on the sales of new petrol and diesel cars, it does not extend to ownership and driving of such vehicles. The ban applies to new vehicles only so buying or selling a used petrol/diesel should not be an issue after the deadline.
No Need To Panic - Petrol and Diesel Cars Are Very Much Alive & Kicking Right Now
For some people moving to a plugin hybrid or full electric vehicle is simply not that practical right now. Having a home charger for example is not going to be possible for everybody.
There is no need to panic, petrol and diesel cars are still very much on the menu, in fact there’s a new crop of models integrating electric technology in one form or another that will make perfect sense for a lot of people.
Ford has integrated its multi-award-winning petrol EcoBoost engine with mild hybrid technology for example. You’ll find mild hybrid technology in models like the new Ford Fiesta, Focus and the Puma compact SUV. Mild hybrid technology recycles energy from brake regeneration and coasting, aiding fuel economy, lowering CO2 emissions with no negative impact on performance.
Other manufacturers are also investing heavily in electric technology and you’ll find mild hybrid, self-charging hybrids, plug-in hybrids and full electric cars as part of most major car manufacturers line-up. Renault for example has a new range of E-Tech self-charging and plug-in hybrid models, including popular models like the Clio and Captur compact SUV.