Last reviewed 18 November 2020
The sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be banned after 2030, as part of the governments “green industrial revolution”, the Prime Minister has announced.
The Government has confirmed plans to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030, 10 years earlier than originally planned.
The ban means the UK is the first major world economy to officially set a date for banning petrol and diesel vehicles. Some hybrid cars, which combine both combustion engines and electric motors will still be allowed to be sold until 2035.
Speaking on the BBC Breakfast programme, Business Secretary, said the £4bn was part of a broader £12bn package of public investment, which "will help to bring in three times as much in terms of private sector money".
Of the £4bn electric vehicle package, Sharma says around £2.4bn will be for investment support, £0.5bn will go towards creating giga factories to produce electric batteries and around £1.3bn extra money will be used to create additional battery charging facilities.
The funding package is part of the government’s ambitious “Green Industrial Revolution”, a Ten Point green recovery plan, promising a £12bn package of investment in clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies.
The Government says the investment will create up to 250,000 highly-skilled green jobs, particularly in the UK’s industrial heartlands, including in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, West Midlands, Scotland and Wales.
Announcing the funding package, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “My Ten Point Plan will create, support and protect hundreds of thousands of green jobs, whilst making strides towards net zero by 2050.
“Our green industrial revolution will be powered by the wind turbines of Scotland and the North East, propelled by the electric vehicles made in the Midlands and advanced by the latest technologies developed in Wales, so we can look ahead to a more prosperous, greener future.”
The wider funding package includes more offshore wind farms, increases in low carbon hydrogen production capacity, more carbon capture and storage, zero-emission public transport, greener homes and more funding for heat pumps.
The new funding is part of the UK’s net zero commitments ahead of the international COP26 climate summit which the UK is hosting in Glasgow next year.
Full details of the government’s “Green Industrial Revolution’ are available here.