UK government sets to ban new petrol and diesel cars


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UK government sets to ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2030


The use of pure and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK will be in full force by 2030

The UK government is set to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, ten years from now, according to a news report.

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will soon make the announcement as part of a broader package of green initiatives targeted at advancing the emerging electric vehicle (EV) market and delivering the UK’s goal of achieving net-zero emissions by the year 2050.

Pure and plug-in hybrid EVs already hit 12% of all newly sold cars in the UK 2020 YTD last month October –  a 3% rise from its previous 9%.

The EV market has continued to boom despite the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the UK economy, with developments suggesting that the market share could double next year to 20%.

While many car companies are yet to speed up their electric vehicle EV production plans, a 2030 target date will focus more on investment attention to the EV industry which will benefit the next generation of UK car owners as well as make the environment safer.

Several models of key electric vehicle (EV) have been launched this year including the VW ID.3 and the Vauxhall Corsa-e, and many more will be due in 2021.

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UK government support for Electric vehicles (EV) Production and Market

The UK government has set the stage for the success of mass electric vehicles (EV) production and marketing through production tax breaks for the manufacturing companies. There are also purchase subsidies worth more than £400m which are guaranteed until 2022/23.

The UK government is also looking to build world-leading UK EV expertise and manufacturing post-Brexit and has also earmarked £500m for funding new charging point infrastructure across the UK with support focused on installing the latest high-powered units at all motorway service areas in England.

These charging electronic devices, which are rated at 150-350 kW, are able to fully charge the latest EVs in under 20 minutes.



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