Ban on ICE cars

The UK is set to go electric... 

In an announcement made by Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister, confirmed that effective of the year 2030, the sale of all new Petrol and Diesel cars and vans will be banned, with the exception of some hybrid vehicles.

This ‘Green Industrial Revolution’ is not unexpected, but the recent announcement brings the banning of combustion engine cars 10 years closer than previously thought. This has caused a stir nationally, with questions raised about the viability and affordability of electric driving. 

Here is all you need to know about the 2030 diesel and petrol ban and switching to pure electric motoring.

Green roads

What is the 'Green Industrial Revolution’?

This is the Conservative government's 10-point plan, developed in order to reduce carbon emissions and tackle the climate crisis. The plan consists of the following:

  1. Advancing offshore wind
  2. Driving the growth of low carbon hydrogen
  3. Delivering new and advanced nuclear power
  4. Accelerating the shift to zero emission vehicles
  5. Green public transport, cycling and walking
  6. ‘Jet zero’ and green ships
  7. Greener buildings
  8. Investing in carbon capture, usage and storage
  9. Protecting our natural environment
  10. Green finance and innovation

The Government hopes that this plan will create an abundance of jobs in new industries such as nuclear energy and battery “Gigafactories” as well as cutting emissions while allowing people to continue to travel. 

plug-in hybrid charging

The ban on all ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles comes into fruition as the government make steps to become net-zero carbon by the middle of this century.

Whilst 2030 may seem sooner than you think, this isn’t the earliest that regulations like these will come into place worldwide, with countries like Norway bringing in a ban as early as 2025.

Car manufacturers may not have known this was coming, but they have already been working on the electrification of their models. Volvo have already promised to make half of the new cars they produced fully electric by the year 2025. And luxury car brand Bentley recently announced their commitment to be fully electric, also by the year 2030.

tesla at charging station

So what does this all mean for the Automotive industry?

The ban is intended to “give a new lease of life to the UK car industry, whilst combating climate breakdown and cleaning up the air that dangerously pollutes so many of our towns and cities” (Matthew Pennycook, shadow climate change minister).

The Government will also invest in grants to help drivers buy electric cars and improve charge point infrastructure. £1.3 billion in total. This money will go towards targeted support on rapid charging points on motorways and major roads in order to try and help squash ‘range anxiety’, However, with most new electric vehicles already offering between 200-300 miles on a single charge, the average journey for a commuter need not be a worry.

Mounting criticism that the electric grid will not be able to cope with increased demand following the petrol and diesel ban in 2030 has be disproved. Graeme Cooper, the director in charge of National Grid’s electric vehicle project, said in a recent interview “fears over the UK electricity grid’s ability to cope with a boom in electric vehicle charging were unfounded. And that the grid operator was “suitably robust” to cope with a rise in electricity demand". 

This money will also go towards the installation of more on-street charging points near homes and work places. This public charging network is essential for those who have not got access to on-street parking. Vehicles such as the new Vauxhall Corsa-e even allow you to choose when the car charges, therefore allowing you to make the most of off-peak electricity costs.

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Vauxhall Corsa-e

When to make the move to a fully electric vehicle.

As the uptake on electric driving increases, so in turn will the charging infrastructure in order to meet increasing demand. But according to Zap Map, there is already a network of over 20,000 public charging stations across the UK should you wish to drive and reap the benefits of an electric vehicle now. And the sheer quality and quantity of electric vehicles available to drive today is something to marvel. Be it a city car like the Renault Zoe or Smart EQ, a hatchback like the Corsa-e, Peugeot e-208, or Nissan LEAF, a Saloon such as the Tesla Model 3 or perhaps even a luxury SUV such as the Jaguar I-PACE, Mercedes-Benz EQC or Audi e-Tron.

The important thing to remember is that there is no rush to move into an EV just yet if you’re not ready. Car manufacturers are doing their best to make their current ICE cars as clean as they possibly can. So, if you’re looking for a petrol or diesel car, but still want something more environmentally friendly, check out these low emission cars.

EQ Power

Whilst ICE vehicles are going to be out, Hybrid vehicles that can ‘drive a significant distance with no carbon emissions coming from the tailpipe’ are allowed on our roads for a little longer. So, whilst new Mild Hybrids won’t be available as of the 1st January 2030, a new Plug-in hybrid will be available to buy or lease up until 2035.

Many share the worries around the battery ownership that comes with buying an electric vehicle outright. This is something that can be forgotten if considering an electric vehicle lease. When leasing an EV, a standard manufacturers warranty is included for the duration of the agreement. An electric battery is included in this. The average EV battery life is around 8 years and a lease is between 2-4 years, so there is no need to worry about battery life. Your lease will end before it is time to replace the battery.

As for 2020-2029, the leasing of all new diesel and petrol vehicles is allowed. The government will launch a green paper in 2021 to set out full plans for the switch to electric driving, as well as to provide more information on the phasing out of diesel HGVs.

Until then, whether it be a diesel, petrol or electric vehicle you wish to drive, Carparison can help with a new car lease.