Sales of new petrol and diesel cars to be banned from 2030

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
November 18, 2020

The sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2030, the Prime Minister has announced.

  • Boris Johnson’s 10-point plan
  • Encouraging consumers to switch to electric cars
  • Purely petrol/diesel-powered cars affected
  • Sales of these new cars banned by 2030
  • Plug-in and full hybrid cars continue to sell until 2035
  • £1.3 billion earmarked for charging infrastructure
  • £582 million set aside for electric car grants for buyers

The Government has brought forward plans to end the sales of new cars powered wholly by petrol or diesel.

The announcement was part of a 10-point plan for a ‘Green Industrial Revolution’  in which the Government aims to ‘eradicate the UK’s contribution to climate change’.

To encourage consumers into electric cars, sales of new petrol and diesel cars will stop in 2030. Sales of plug-in and full hybrid cars can continue until 2035.

The Society of Motor Manufacturer and Traders, the trade body representing car makers and dealers, said the new deadline ‘sets an immense challenge’.

SMMT chief Mike Hawes said: “Success will depend on reassuring consumers that they can afford these new technologies, that they will deliver their mobility needs and, critically, that they can recharge as easily as they refuel.

“For that, we look to others to step up and match our commitment. We will now work with the government on the detail of this plan, which must be delivered at pace to achieve a rapid transition that benefits all of society, and safeguards UK automotive manufacturing and jobs.”

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Plans to improve charging infrastructure

As well as stopping sales of new petrol and diesel cars, the Government has announced initiatives to encourage consumers into electric cars. These include £1.3 billion earmarked to accelerate the rollout of chargepoints for electric vehicles in homes, streets and on motorways across England.

A further £582 million is being set aside for grants to help consumers buy zero or ultra-low emission vehicles.

Should I buy a diesel or a petrol car now?

We’re still 10 years away from the ban so you have plenty of time to consider what’s best for you. A recent carwow poll found that 52% of motorists were considering buying an electric car in the next five years.

carwow’s James Hind said: “This announcement may itself not have a big impact on valuations now or in the near future.

“But with more restrictions being placed on petrol and diesel cars by cities, and for future likely vehicle tax increases, we do think if you plan on owning your car for a long time then it’s wise to consider how much petrol or diesel cars will hold their value.

“However, we must not forget that over 80% of people who buy a new car do it through a finance scheme, where the depreciation risk is not a concern.”

Most car manufacturers now offer a mix of petrol cars, diesel cars, mild hybrids, full hybrids, plug-in hybrid cars and full electric cars.

Tap on the button below to let us help you decide on your next new car. Or read on for more electric car advice.

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