Published: Fri, February 07, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

New petrol, diesel vehicle sales banned from 2035

New petrol, diesel vehicle sales banned from 2035

The previous version of the ban on sales of new vehicles was planned to be in force by 2040, but experts observed that this would come too late to have a meaningful impact on the UK's carbon emissions by 2050.

The recently sacked president of a major United Nations climate summit set to be hosted by the UK this year has accused Boris Johnson of a lack of leadership and "apparent dark ops" over her dismissal.

Mr Johnson launched COP26 at an event in central London alongside Sir David Attenborough and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. The decline extends a three-year slump that coincides with the 2016 Brexit vote, which sowed consumer uncertainty, and fewer diesel purchases since new restrictions came into place.

'Industry continues to call for government to have a long-term commitment to the Plug-in Car Grant - which is now set to expire in March - and that it should be extended to cover all Ultra Low Emission Vehicles, whether plug-in hybrid, full battery electric or hydrogen-fuelled.

Once the ban, which is subject to consultation, comes into effect, it will only be possible to buy new electric or hydrogen powered vehicles.

Earlier, former Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth Claire O'Neill, who stood down as a Tory MP at the general election, was removed as president of the Glasgow Climate Conference by Boris Johnson's special adviser, Dominic Cummings on 31 January, with the Government saying the post would be a ministerial role in the future.

"But I wish the Government well, I wish this climate change conference well, because it's absolutely vital".

He called for drastic action: "The prime minister could show real worldwide leadership on the climate crisis by scrapping plans for new roads and runways, and ending government support for gas, coal and oil developments at home and overseas".

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'We want to deliver air quality and environmental improvements now but need a strong market to do so'.

'However, we may see it curb the growing popularity of hybrids.

Neil Thorns said: "COP26 won't put an end to the climate emergency on its own, but it is a proud moment for our country to push the world to bring emissions down".

New registrations of hybrid electric cars climbed by 20.6%, while demand for plug-in hybrid electric cars more than doubled, jumping 111%.

"Global scientists are clear that unless we break this trend now and start sustained reduction in global emissions with a clear net zero landing zone by 2050 or shortly afterwards, we will be dealing with unprecedented climate conditions and vast economic and human consequences within decades, not centuries".

Up to 30,000 delegates including world leaders are expected to attend COP26 at Glasgow's Scottish Events Campus.

The changes bring forward the ban by five years - and now include hybrid vehicles.

Ian Plummer, commercial director at Auto Trader, said: 'The target is a stretch given where we are today - pure-electric vehicles only accounted for 1.6 per cent of new car sales past year, and even fewer of used. He added: "We must question whether we will have a sufficient supply of a full cross-section of zero- emissions vehicles in less than 15 years".

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