In February this year, the UK announced a decision to ban sales of new gasoline and diesel vehicles in 2035 – 5 years earlier than previously planned. Now it is reported that the country may bring the timeline for introducing the ban by another 5 years.
According to Financial Times sources, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to unveil a large package of new green initiatives soon, which will include the transfer of the ban from 2035 to 2030 in order to accelerate the development of the electric vehicle market in the UK, which will help the country in achieving the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.
However, the new lead time is not expected to affect sales of hybrid vehicles powered by electric batteries as well as traditional engines. For them, the ban will take effect in 2035. Automakers are lobbying to end sales of new hybrid vehicles at a later date than the petrol and diesel models. Currently, one in four cars sold in the UK contains some form of hybrid technology.
According to the Society of Car Manufacturers and Dealers in the United Kingdom, sales of electric vehicles have grown markedly, although their sales last month did not exceed 7% of total new car sales in the country.
According to experts, the automotive industry will need significant funding for the development of charging station infrastructure to convince consumers to switch to electric vehicles, which are currently more expensive than gasoline or diesel vehicles.
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