Petrol and diesel ban pushed forward to 2035

Petrol and diesel cars will no longer be sold in the UK after 2035, bringing forward the proposed ban by five years.

The government has decided to move the date from 2040 as it chases the goal of the country being net-zero by 2050, and the new ban will now include hybrid vehicles. From 2035 the Government wants zero emissions ‘at the tailpipe’, ruling out biofuels or electrofuels, and leaving the only realistic options as fully electric or hydrogen cars and vans.

The Prime Minister revealed the new dates at a launch event for the United Nations Climate Summit (COP26) in November, saying that 2020 would be a "defining year of climate action".

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