UK Moves Ban on Combustion Engine Cars Forward to 2030
U.S.-based Tesla, Uber jump on bandwagon in push for electric vehicles
The UK Government has moved its ban on combustion engine car production forward to 2030 in a bid to move to all-electric vehicles.
The ban was initially set for 2040 in legislation established less than a year ago.
However, the government has formally announced it will expedite the plan as part of its “Green Industrial Revolution.”
The announcement of the UK plan came just hours after Tesla, Rivian, and Uber put together their own plan to make only electric vehicles as its goal.
The move will see only expensive electric vehicles being produced and sold in the UK within ten years, despite a significantly lacking infrastructure at present.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson did reveal there will be exceptions under the plan, however.
"We’ll invest more than £2.8bn in electric vehicles, lacing the land with charging points and creating long-lasting batteries in UK giga-factories,” Johnson said in a Financial Times report.
"This will allow us to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans in 2030.
"However, we will allow the sale of hybrid cars and vans that can drive a significant distance with no carbon coming out of the tailpipe until 2035.”
According to a report from The Driven, the push against fossil fuels is being felt on both sides of the pond:
"Though the broader policy focuses on jobs, technology, investment and industry, the transport component is substantial, and brings forward a ban set less than a year ago for 2040 to the year 2030, making this policy a stark and imminent reality for UK companies and consumers alike," the report states.
"The move has been spurred by the breaking of the alliance between US utilities and fossil fuel companies, with the former turning to electric vehicles in response to that falling out, writes The Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer.
"In the scenario of a 2030 ban, the UK’s vehicle stock continues to gradually change as all cars are replaced with zero emissions alternatives, in the modeling.
"Thus, while in 2030 new combustion engine vehicles cannot be purchased, fossil fuel cars still comprise half of all cars in the UK."
The Driven report notes that the UK will host the United Nation’s COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021:
The convention "is serving as a target point for a flurry of new climate ambitions and policies currently being announced, and likely to be announced over the coming months before the significant global meeting.”