It’s a bad day for petrolheads, with the news that a ban on the sale of Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles will now come into force in the UK in 2030.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the ban as part of his 10-point plan to create a green industrial revolution.
Some hybrid engined vehicles will still be allowed to be sold following the ban, but petrol and diesel engines will not.
It’s a move designed to tackle climate change and create thousands of new jobs in a new green economy.
£4bn of funding has been allocated by the government to the project, with Business Secretary Alok Sharma positioning this as part of a wider £12bn public investment, which will also attract private investment.
The bold move comes ahead of next year’s COP26 international climate change summit, hosted by the UK.
Many of the new jobs intended for creation will be in northern England and in Wales, with 60,000 new jobs planned for energy generation from offshore wind.
Part of the plan also includes a new nuclear energy plant, likely to be at Sizewell in Suffolk, and for advanced small-scale nuclear reactors.
There are also plans for energy efficiency in our homes, with 2023 the new deadline for when new homes will need to be heated without using gas central heating.
The government wants new housebuilders to install 600,000 heat pumps each year by 2028, using electricity to heat homes.
The Green Homes Grant for home insulation has been extended for a further year.
The natural gas supply in the UK will be blended with clean hydrogen, reducing overall carbon emissions from gas.
The government is searching for a town to volunteer for a trial of 100% hydrogen use for heating, industry and cooking.
With a ban on the sale of diesel and petrol cars coming into force in 2030, the government announced a £1.3 billion investing in electric vehicle charging stations.
There will also be more government subsidies for buying electric cars, totalling £582 million.
Only Norway is more ambitious when it comes to the ban of new ICE cars, with their ban coming into force in 2025.
Commenting on the Government’s 10-point plan which includes bringing forward the ban on new petrol and diesel car sales to 2030, Edmund King, AA president, said:
“The 2030 target is incredibly ambitious, but the transformation to electric cars is welcome.
“Consistently, the barriers to EV ownership are: the initial cost of the car and availability, perceived single-charge range anxiety and charging infrastructure – particularly for the third of drivers without off-street parking. If we can tackle these issues with considerable investment and focus, the electric revolution could flourish.
“We are pleased that the package of measures announced is more than just a date in the diary. By investing heavily in the national charging network, battery production and providing incentives will help.
“The concession for hybrids will be a welcome stepping stone for fleets and individuals before going fully electric.
"One of the biggest challenges will be for car makers to change more than 100 years of combustion engine production to cater for an electric future within a decade.”