UK to ban sales of gasoline and diesel cars by 2030


In September, California announced an upcoming ban on the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles that would begin in 2035. In the UK, according to Financial Times reports, a similar ordinance could come into effect five years earlier.

The report details that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is due to speak next week, will announce a plan that will postpone his ban on the sale of new gasoline and diesel until 2030. The plan, which pushes a plan forward . which had already been moved from 2040 to 2035 earlier this year, would include a caveat allowing hybrid sales to continue into 2035 to ease the transition to what would likely be a fully electric future.

As in the case of California, this appears to be a ban on the sale of new cars only, which means it would not restrict existing gasoline cars in any way. The date of the change itself also doesn’t seem entirely certain, with the Financial Times adding that members of the prime minister’s office have debated both the date of 2030 they are reporting and a more cautious timetable. which is expected to start in 2032. Johnson is apparently set on the 2030 schedule, however, leaving only ten years of new gasoline car sales in the UK.

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