UK Petrol And Diesel Ban: Sales Of New Cars To Be Stopped From 2030

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The UK government is expected to set a new deadline of 2030 for the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars.

Back in February Boris Johnson announced that the original date of 2040 would be brought forward five years to 2035, much to the dismay of the auto industry. SMMT (the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) boss Mike Hawes said at the Autocar Business Live event that “the majority of the industry could just about make 2035”.

However, the government is adamant that by speeding up the ban of new ICE (internal combustion engine) car sales – including hybrid models – it will achieve its aims of accomplishing net zero emissions by 2050.

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Are people ready for the 2030 switch to electric cars?

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As things stand, it’s safe to say that there aren’t enough affordable EVs out there, or enough choice in general, to expect every driver in the UK to be behind the wheel of one in the next decade.

This resonates with the fact that, just two months ago, the SMMT called on the government to introduce more long-term incentives for electric car buyers in order to drive greater affordability.

According to a survey of UK drivers conducted by market research company Savanta ComRes, there are two main reasons putting people off making the switch to an EV:

  1. High asking prices of electric cars (52%)
  2. Lack of local charging points (44%)

Despite 41% of the 2,185 adults surveyed being attracted to electric cars’ cheaper running costs, this still wasn’t enough to convince them that they’d be ready to own/lease one by 2035, let alone 2030.

How do I know if I’m ready to get an electric car?

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While a decade may seem like a long time away, it will soon be here, so you may already want to start considering what type of electric car would best suit your lifestyle.

To help you make the right choice when it comes to deciding on the right model, we’ve put together a handy survey to match you with your perfect electric car.

Another key thing to consider when you’re looking for an electric car is the availability of charging points in your local area. Ideally you’ll have off-road parking and can therefore have a charge station installed at your home, for relatively little cost and cheaper charging that will benefit you in the long-run. However, if you’re part of the majority of UK drivers that have on-street parking, you’ll need to make use of public charge stations or work chargers.

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Will the UK’s electric car infrastructure be able to cope?

Look at any report concerning the UK’s charging infrastructure for electric cars and you’ll soon get an idea of just how far off it is from supporting widespread usage of EVs.

As it stands, pure-electric models account for 6.7% of total new car registrations, while the next nearest thing – plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles – have a slightly better uptake, at 10.5% of new car registrations. While the 35,250 connectors available at the time of writing this are adequate for this small percentage of EV owners, the industry predicts that more than £17bn worth of investment is needed into electric car charging to meet the 2030 deadline.

The key area in need of significant investment is streetside chargers for those people that can’t rely on public charge points, for reasons including cost and access.

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