Government set to ban petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2035

Published 20 February 2020

Boris Johnson is set to outline plans to bring forward a ban on new petrol and diesel cars to 2035 - and, for the first time, veto hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.

As part of the UK's Clean Air Strategy, the Government had previously said it would ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040. Hybrid vehicles, combining a petrol or diesel engine with an electric motor, were excluded from the ban.

>> Government unveils ambitious plans to ban all petrol and diesel car sales by 2040

But the new rules will mean that manufacturers will only be able to sell electric or hydrogen vehicles from 2035.

The Prime Minister will outline plans later today at an event held to launch a UN climate change summit.

Currently, electric vehicles account for 1.6 per cent of all new cars registered in the UK, with 37,850 sold last year. But the Prime Minister is confident that car makers will be able to meet his targets - with sources suggesting a ban might be introduced even sooner than 2035.

AA president Edmund King has described the new targets as 'incredibly challenging'.

He said: "Drivers support measures to clean up air quality and reduce CO2 emissions but these stretched targets are incredibly challenging.

"We must question whether we will have a sufficient supply of a full cross section of zero emissions vehicles in less than 15 years.

“We will also need a package of grants coupled with a comprehensive charging infrastructure at homes and in towns, cities, motorways and rural locations."

While car manufacturers will no longer be able to sell new petrol or diesel models, motorists will be able to continue to drive their combustion-engined cars on the roads.


jaguarR    on 4 February 2020

More batteries needed which contain rare metals, most of which come from the Congo. These minerals are extracted by people working under slave labour type conditions. Where's the lefty howl of outrage about that then? Oh, silly me, it's all about climate change and any sins can be excused.

Nick Allen    on 4 February 2020

Only cars, what about lorries buses agricultural machines diggers ships aircraft,
Diesel makes the world go round, If all private cars were banned in UK the effect on global climate change would be hardly measurable, might clean up a few towns and set an example to other countries ,that's about all,a I think politicians should stop making rash statements about climate change.

DCmusic    on 4 February 2020

Knee jerk comment lacking planning... Where is the generating capacity or the infrastructure? I would happily buy hydrogen but we're is the fuel station? So many questions, and it'll probably be the less we'll off areas of society that pay.

Plus the BBC just ran an article on lithium mines. Not exactly great. Perhaps focus on trains first and alternatives. Or even sort out industry which is far more polluting.

Gary Lawrence    on 5 February 2020

And this has nothing to do with the EU...haha

BrendanP    on 5 February 2020

Why doesn't Boris start by forcing government departments to convert to fully electric cars much sooner, by 2023 for example? That includes all ministerial cars including his own. No parking allowed at Parliament or Whitehall departments for fossil fuel & hybrid cars. No mileage allowance paid to MPs unless made in a battery only car. I suspect that he will find a thousand reasons why he & his pals are a special case and need their petrol cars. How about a ban on politicians using private jets and helicopters for political campaigning?

andy surridge    on 20 February 2020

They might do all of the above but only after they've sorted a way of not personally paying for any of it and / or claiming excessive expenses for absolutely anything to do with it. Oh and obviously manufacturing loopholes in any law /directive etc so they can best suit themselves to evade any inconvenience for themselves .

Dorset123    on 5 February 2020

This will all end in tears just like Governments suggesting everyone should buy a Diesel car a number of years ago. The car market is about 90 million will they be able to produce 90 million batteries ?
What will happen when everyone comes home and plugs their car into the mains. And how are people that park in the street going to charge up their car
Nobody has answered these questions.

Pelican    on 7 February 2020

And how are people that park in the street going to charge up their car
Nobody has answered these questions.
.....I’ll answer the question. Come to Wandsworth in SW London. The council has already installed six lamppost chargers in my street and lots of people are using them. Admittedly, they’re not the most powerful chargers, but good enough for now. They are also installing high power chargers here and there. There are several within a ten minute walk of my house. I think London has the disadvantage/advantage of being very polluted and therefore councils really are starting to improve matters.

Marcus T.    on 24 February 2020

and what if your household has two or more drivers all needing to charge up at night. Every house in my road has between two and four cars per household. No way the grid will be able to handle that lot all charging up at night.

hissingsid    on 6 February 2020

At present these are just proposals, not laws. A lot can change in the next 15 years, and who knows which government will be in power in 2035 let alone 2040?

GerryS    on 21 February 2020

Have to say that's a pretty misleading headline. It should say "Government sat to ban *sales of new* petrol, diesel...". Makes it sound like all those cars will instantly become illegal from 2035, which isn't true. Also, agree with the points about electric car batteries and rare metals, unethical mining, etc. However, it's worth noting that ex-EV batteries, e.g. <70% charge capacity, will be a fantastic energy storage solution for home - store your PV energy during the day and then use at night. Similar to the Tesla Powewall, but with used, ex-EV batteries. Also, lithium-ion and lithium-polymer batteries are eminently recyclable, particularly the rare elements they contain. VW has announced plans to set up a plant to recycle >95% of EV battery materials. Good description here:

Edited by GerryS on 21/02/2020 at 11:25

ruairi50    on 2 March 2020

I know most electric and some petrol cars are free to tax, but what happens when every car becomes free to tax. How are they going to plug the HOLE in the finances when theres no road tax money coming in

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