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UK to ban sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030: FT

EconomyNov 14, 2020 06:40AM ET
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LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to announce next week a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, five years earlier than previously planned, the Financial Times reported on Saturday.

Britain had originally planned to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars from 2040, as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and in February Johnson brought this forward to 2035.

Citing unidentified industry and government figures, the FT said Johnson now intended to move the date forward again to 2030 in a speech on environmental policy he is expected to give next week.

The BBC reported a similar plan earlier on Saturday, without giving any sources.

A Downing Street spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports or the content of Johnson's upcoming speech.

The FT said the new timetable was not expected to apply to some hybrid cars which use a mixture of electric and fossil fuel propulsion and could still be sold until 2035.

An end to the sale of new petrol and diesel cars would mark a huge shift in Britain's automotive market.

Industry figures show that petrol and diesel powered cars accounted for 73.6% of new car sales so far this year, while just 5.5% of sales were for pure electric vehicles, which are typically more expensive. Hybrid vehicles of various types made up the remaining sales.

(This story has been corrected to rectify figures on electric vehicle market share in paragraph eight)

UK to ban sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030: FT
 

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David David
David9 Nov 14, 2020 12:06PM ET
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They cannot ban it....there will be mass protest and it will end...
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Nov 14, 2020 11:43AM ET
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They will sell 50% electric cars by then anyway
Paul Dunne
Paul Dunne Nov 14, 2020 7:53AM ET
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And most of the electricity used to recharge batteries comes from fossil fuels!
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Nov 14, 2020 7:53AM ET
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Not in the UK you smooth brain.
John Brown
John Brown Nov 14, 2020 7:47AM ET
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We have been trying to correct ourselves. Electric vehicles will have their  own problems and soon we will realize them.
Paul Dunne
Paul Dunne Nov 14, 2020 7:17AM ET
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Are we sure that human activities are responsible for global warming and that it's not just a climate cycle? If this year's lockdowns haven't had an affect on warming, then something isn't right.
Fabio falec
falec Nov 14, 2020 7:17AM ET
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Global warming increased at a pace in the latest 20y that clearly shows a pattern influenced by humans (not a std world cycle). And lockdowns this year have proven that as satellite images shows a word that it's astonishing more clear from pollution.
Fabio falec
falec Nov 14, 2020 7:17AM ET
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You can bet short-term in dirty energy (as I did back in march for 2 months), but long term downtrend is indeed confirmed.
Paul Dunne
Paul Dunne Nov 14, 2020 7:17AM ET
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But most of the power generated and then used to recharge batteries, comes from fossil fuels. And that global warming has increased significantly in the past 20 years is no proof of its source.
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Paul Dunne Nov 14, 2020 7:17AM ET
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Every effect has a cause, but I feel that proof of the cause of GW is inconclusive at best.
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Simon Meszaros Nov 14, 2020 7:17AM ET
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Paul Dunne so if it uses fossil for recharging it wont be worse than using regular fuel. so what is the point here, having cleaner air in cities is bothering you? Why even asking if thats the only point. Other then that there are obvious problems coming with elecrification, but fossil is on decline so car industry will follow in long term. Form how electricity is doesnt matter much short term as you need infrastructure first.
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hope that humans realize that we will have to recycle mountains of batteries if the world is electric!
 
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