UK will stop selling new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 in a move aimed to tackle climate change.
The ban of petrol and diesel cars and vans will now come five years earlier than previously planned.
Sales of new plug-in hybrids vehicles will be allowed to continue until 2035.
The move to ban petrol and diesel cars and vans five years earlier than previously planned is part of a wider 10-point plan which UK Prime Minister Mr Johnson calls a “green industrial revolution”. It is aimed to tackle climate change as well as to generate as much as 250,000 jobs.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement released on Wednesday that :
“Although this year has taken a very different path to the one we expected, the United Kingdom is looking to the future and seizing the opportunity to build back greener,” Johnson said in a statement.
“The recovery of our planet and of our economies can and must go hand-in-hand.”
To accelerate sales of ecofriendly cars, the UK government plans to spend £1.3billion (N657 billion) on electric vehicle charging points.
Nearly £500 million (N253 billion) will also be used to develop and produce batteries for electric cars. About £582 million (N294 billion) in subsidies will also make ultra-low emission vehicles cheaper for people to buy.
This ban won’t affect PHEVs as sales of new plug-in hybrids vehicles will be allowed to continue until 2035.
This is coming almost a week after British luxury automaker Bentley announced its plans to ditch internal combustion engines.
A statement released by Bentley highlights its plan to offer only hybrid and electric cars by 2026, and switch its entire lineup to fully-electric cars by 2030.