Britain to Ban Sale of New Petrol and Diesel Cars by 2030

The United Kingdom is set to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, as part of the British government’s “ten-point” initiative for a “green industrial revolution” which aims to make the nation carbon-neutral by 2050.

The United Kingdom is set to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, as part of the British government’s “ten-point” initiative for a “green industrial revolution” which aims to make the nation carbon-neutral by 2050.

Despite the challenges that Britain has been facing due to the notorious pandemic crisis and the troubled Brexit negotiations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson aims to use the ambitious action against climate change as a reset for the government.

“Now is the time to plan for a green recovery with high-skilled jobs that give people the satisfaction of knowing they are helping to make the country cleaner, greener and more beautiful,” Johnson said in a statement on Tuesday.

According to a column published in the Financial Times, Johnson is expected to announce the measure alongside the launching of a set of new environmental policies next week.

The move would allocate £1.3 billion ($1.7 billion) to accelerate the roll-out of charging infrastructures for electric vehicles. It would also designate about £582 million ($773 million) in grants to help people afford zero or ultra-low emission vehicles.

In the next four years, the government is planning to spend about £500 million ($664 million) for the manufacturing and mass production of long-lasting electric vehicle batteries.

“Our green industrial revolution will be powered by the wind turbines of Scotland and the North East, propelled by the electric vehicles made in the Midlands and advanced by the latest technologies developed in Wales, so we can look ahead to a more prosperous, greener future,” Johnson added.


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