Prepare to go electric as petrol and diesel sales to be banned in UK by 2030

Prepare to go electric as petrol and diesel sales are set to be banned in UK by 2030.

The Government is being urged to increase the number of charging points for cars across the UK to be increased drastically amid expectation ministers are set to announce sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be phased out by 2030.

Hybrid cars are also expected to be included in the announcement – which will pull forward the date of the banning of new fossil fuel car sales by a full decade from 2040.

It is expected Prime Minister Boris Johnson could announce as early as next week plans to pull forth the target.

The measure is an attempt to cut carbon and air pollution produced by motor vehicles, while the Government's advisory Committee on Climate Change has suggested the phase out should happen by 2032 at the very latest.

Now experts are lining up to insist the Government take action to ensure the influx of electric cars will be able to get charged – and to demand incentives to encourage the public to give up their old cars.

Helen Clarkson, CEO of international non-profit the Climate Group and organisers of Climate Week NYC event, told the Express: "Only bold action can achieve the 50% cut in emissions the world needs by 2030, and the UK, as host of upcoming UN climate talks, must set an example."

She continued: "Of course, it's not as simple as just setting a target.

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"More Government action is needed to support manufacturing of EVs and to unlock infrastructure investment.

"But both come with a big dividend for UK jobs. We're in the middle of global recession – the climate can't wait and our economy can't wait."

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Department for Transport (DfT) said the proposals were being "actively considered".

The spokesman said: "We want to build a greener transport system, reduce carbon emissions and boost economic growth in the UK which is why we're supporting the transition to zero emission vehicles.

"Our £2.5 billion programme to support grants for plug in vehicles and funding for chargepoint infrastructure at homes, workplaces, on residential streets and across the wider roads network, are all part of our world-leading package to encourage electric vehicle uptake."

It is hoped the switch to electric will help cut carbon emissions by 50%.

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