UK to ban sales of non-electric cars by 2030
Initially, the government planned to do this in 2040, then in 2035. An adviser even left Boris Johnson, who believed that it was too early. Now the term is only 10 years.
The UK intends to ban the sale of cars with internal combustion engines and hybrids in the country. This is reported by the Financial Times, citing sources in the British government and the auto industry.
Initially, the authorities planned to introduce a complete ban on the sale of "harmful" cars by 2040, but in February they shifted this period by five years - by 2035. Such a rapid transition to electric cars was criticized, among other things, by the adviser to the Prime Minister, Dominic Cummings, who left office on November 13.
According to the newspaper, now Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to move this date even closer - to 2030. He is expected to announce the new plan next week along with a number of other environmental initiatives.
Some sources say that Johnson understands the ambition of the plan and therefore can adjust the deadline by 2032, but he is still inclined to ban the sale of non-electric cars by the end of this decade. Government offices even allegedly distribute documents with the date "203x" to avoid leaks.
The Financial Times clarifies that those who have already bought hybrid cars will have to get rid of them not by 2030, but by 2035, as previously announced.
Electric cars now account for only 7% of all new car purchases in the United Kingdom, while hybrids account for about 25%. The authorities want to give a new impetus to the development of electric production with their decisions. According to FT, the British government will allocate about $ 660 million in 2021 for the construction of new charging stations for electric cars.
The ban on the sale of any cars other than electric cars is in line with London's plans to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The British authorities took this course under Theresa May in 2019, when they presented the "Net Zero" program - its meaning is in a gradual transition to those modes of production and life in which harmful emissions into the air will tend to zero.