2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles pushed back to 2035
Rishi Sunak has confirmed a five-year delay to the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles, in line with the Government’s attempt to weaken certain green policies.
While it was not initially confirmed by the Government, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles are also expected to remain on sale until 2040, in line with the initial five-year delay.
From 2040, consumers are likely to then only be able to buy electric vehicles from new.
It was reported earlier this week that the delay could be pushed back in line with other policies.
The electric car sector is not the only market to be affected by the changes, with the Government confirming policy changes to the plans to phase out gas boilers and off-grid boilers.
As reported by Sky News, Sunak said in a speech from Downing Street that the decision has been made to protect 'hard-pressed British families' and that more businesses would have better time to prepare for the transition to electric vehicles.