Petrol, diesel, and even hybrid cars to be banned by 2035

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to outline plans for the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to outline plans for the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November

Britain's step amounts to a victory for electric carsthat if copied globally could hit the wealth of oil producers, as well as transform the vehicle industry and one of the icons of 20th Century capitalism: the automobile itself.

A ban on the sale of new gasoline, diesel, and even hybrid cars could go into effect in the United Kingdom as soon as 2035, under a new proposal by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. "We have a responsibility to our planet to lead in this way and to do this".

The U.K. says it will bring in a ban on fossil-fuel cars and vans even earlier than 2035 "if a faster transition is feasible".

Countries and cities around the world have announced plans to crack down on diesel vehicles following the 2015 Volkswagen emissions scandal and the European Union is introducing tougher carbon dioxide rules.

Originally announced with a target date of 2040, the new plan seeks to ensure that as many internal combustion engine (ICE) cars are off the road as possible in time for the UK's "clean-up" date of 2050.

"More electric vehicles (EVs) will also require a great deal of investment in charging infrastructure - particularly for those who rely on on-street parking outside their homes". Prospective buyers of greener models are anxious about the limited availability of charging points, the range of certain models and the cost.

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"This government's £1.5bn strategy to make owning an electric vehicle as easy as possible is working - a year ago alone, a fully electric auto was sold every 15 minutes", said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, wasn't quite so effusive in his praise, however: "It's extremely concerning that government has seemingly moved the goalposts for consumers and industry on such a critical issue". China, for example, has stopped providing subsidies for cars with a range of less than 250km and has halved incentives on other cars, while EV sellers in the USA, like Tesla and General Motors, have both exceeded federal sales incentives caps that made EVS like the Model 3 and the Bolt cheaper to buy. In a speech at the launch, the PM will reveal plans to end the sale of petrol, diesel - and for the first time hybrid vehicles - five years earlier than planned. The two-week conference is slated to take place this November in Glasgow, Scotland. Britain has pledged to reach net-zero by 2050. With the UK's previous ICE cut off of 2040 said to be too late to hit its 2050 goal, the event's host nation had little other choice than to bring the deadline forward or face accusations of inaction.

The announcement came as Mr Johnson hailed Britain for leading a "revolution in renewable energy", highlighting that the country's dependency on coal for electricity has dropped from 70 percent to 3 percent since 1990.

Johnson's promise of global and national leadership on climate action was somewhat overshadowed by the sacking of Claire O'Neill, the UK's former clean growth minister, from her role as COP26 president.

O'Neill had been appointed President of the COP26 summit in September but was sacked from the post last Friday by Johnson's advisor Dominic Cummings, with Number Ten viewing the post as a ministerial appointment - although a scathing letter she sent to Johnson yesterday suggests other factors were at work.

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