The Government has announced it is intending to bring forward the petrol and diesel vehicle sale ban to 2035 at the latest – that’s five years earlier than previously announced.
The change in date is subject to consultation and will also include plug-in and mild hybrids for the first time – previously, the Department for Transport said PHEVs that emit less than 75g/km of CO2 would be able to remain on sale beyond the-then 2040 deadline.
The Government said the move “demonstrates the UK’s urgent action to reduce emissions” and added it “will continue to work with all sectors of industry to accelerate the rollout of zero emission vehicles – helping to deliver new green jobs in the UK.”
Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, said: “This government’s £1.5bn strategy to make owning an electric vehicle as easy as possible is working – last year alone, a fully electric car was sold every 15 minutes. We want to go further than ever before. That’s why we are bringing forward our already ambitious target to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars to tackle climate change and reduce emissions.”
If the 2035 ban comes to fruition it will align England closer to Scotland; ministers north of the border have committed to end the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2032 and have also vowed that public-sector fleets will be made up of zero-emission vehicles where possible by 2025.
Currently, pure electric cars qualify for a the UK Government’s £3,500 Plug-In Car Grant while van owners can shave up to £8,000 off the cost of a new EV thanks to the Plug-In Van Grant, however, it is not clear how long these schemes will remain in place until.
In addition, from April, the UK Government is introducing a 0% BIK tax band for electric vehicles.