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The UK government has brought forward the ban on new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by five years, to 2035.
Speaking at the launch event of the two-week COP26 summit yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We have to deal with our CO2 emissions. As a country and as a society, as a planet, as a species, we must now act.”
According to the government, it will end the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans in 2035, subject to consultation, and possibly earlier if a faster transition is feasible.
Around the world, cities such as Athens, Madrid, Mexico City and Paris have announced plans to ban diesel vehicles from their centres by 2025, while France hopes to forbid fossil fuel-powered car sales by 2040.
New diesel and petrol models account for 90% of sales in Europe. Though electric car sales have surged, it has been reported that buyers are wary about the availability of charging points, costs, and mileage ranges.
Last year, the UK government pledged £2.5 million to fund the installation of more than 1,000 residential street electric vehicle charging points.
The prime minister added that the phase-out of Britain’s coal-fired power plants would be brought forward by a year to 2024. Coal currently provides 3% of the UK’s power, down from 70% three decades ago, Johnson said.