Are hybrids included in the ban on petrol and diesel cars from 2030?

My wife and I have owned several Toyota hybrid cars - currently a Corolla Touring Sports - and have been very pleased with them. I must confess that I'm a bit confused regarding Government policy and would like to know if petrol hybrids will be included in the ban on petrol and diesel cars from 2030. Everything I've read seems to be rather ambiguous on this subject. We live in a small Kentish market town just outside the M25 and, since we have off-street parking, an affordable purely electric car would be practicable most of the time. However, there's always a "but"; we occasionally have to make journeys to North Wales (grandchildren) and spend our summer holidays in France (pre-Covid, that is). Those trips would be difficult to make. I know that there are plans to improve the infrastructure to accommodate electric cars, but we all know what Government plans are like. What also concerns me is that, in the approach to 2030, manufacturers will stop producing petrol and diesel cars. Are the run-out models likely to be very in demand and, therefore, more expensive? I would be grateful for your interpretation of the definition, and your thoughts on the future. Am I being too pessimistic?

Asked on 6 July 2021 by Chris Harper

Answered by Dan Powell
The 2030 deadline is in relation to the sale of new petrol and diesel cars. There are no plans to ban existing vehicles on the road (which means you will still be able to drive your petrol or car in 2031). Some plug-in hybrid petrol and diesel cars will continue to be sold until 2035.

I think we'll see mild hybrids become the new normal over the next 18 months, which means modern cars will have a large battery that will recover energy under braking and then repurpose it at low speeds to minimise tailpipe emissions. I also think we'll see huge strides in EV technology and range - the new Skoda Enyaq can cover 300+ miles

It's unknown how the 2030 ban will impact prices. If I had to make a guess, certain sports cars and niche models will become more desirable. I'm not sure old petrol hatchbacks and diesels will be all that valuable when they reach 10+ years old.
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