The United Kingdom will ban the sale of new vehicles with internal combustion engines until 2030, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced today. It will also ban the sale of new hybrid cars until 2035. Johnson announced tonight as part of a new ten-point plan for a “green industrial revolution.”
This is the second time Johnson has raised the deadline. The original plan was to halt sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040. As early as February, Johnson moved the target to 2035. He was under increasing pressure to take repressive measures against petrol-burning vehicles to achieve Britain̵
“Although this year has taken a very different path than we expected, the United Kingdom is looking to the future and is taking the opportunity to rebuild more environmentally friendly,” Johnson said in an e-mail statement. “The recovery of our planet and our economies can and must go hand in hand.”
Accelerating the transition to all electric vehicles puts the UK ahead of most of the package when it comes to other governments’ promises to eliminate fossil fuel-powered cars. France aims to stop selling new gas stations by 2040. California recently committed to doing so by 2035. Norway has a more ambitious goal of stopping new sales by 2025.
The “green industrial revolution” Johnson described for the United Kingdom includes a wide range of initiatives to stimulate economic growth and tackle climate change. It also plans to reduce emissions from transport by investing in public transport and exploring ways to reduce pollution from planes and ships. The plan also includes efforts to increase carbon-free energy, including offshore wind, hydrogen and nuclear energy. The entire plan will cost £ 12 billion in government investment ($ 15.9 billion).