What does the ban on petrol and diesel cars mean?
In a landmark move, the UK has announced that it will be banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. This is a huge step in the fight against climate change and means that drivers will need to switch to electric cars in order to get around.
Let's discuss what the petrol and diesel ban means for drivers and how the changes will come into effect.
Why are new petrol and diesel cars being banned?
The main reason for the 2030 ban on petrol and diesel cars is to help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. Petrol and diesel cars produce a lot of harmful pollutants, which are responsible for contributing to climate change. The UK government has set a target of reducing emissions by 80% by 2050 and the move towards cleaner transport is a way to help reach that goal.
Electric cars are becoming increasingly affordable as technology improves and production costs decline. This means that the move to ban petrol and diesel cars is achievable, as households will be able to switch to electric vehicles without breaking the bank. Plus, with options like Salary Sacrifice, personal lease and company car schemes, it's easier than ever to go electric.
What does this mean for drivers?
For most drivers, this will mean making the switch to an electric car at some point in the near future. There are a few different options of ‘electrified cars’ that are available for drivers right now, including battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and range-extended electric vehicles (REEVs).
BEVs are powered purely by electricity and these will be the only new cars on sale after the petrol and diesel bans come into force. PHEVs have a petrol or diesel engine as well as an electric motor, and REEVs are similar to BEVs but have smaller petrol or diesel engines used to extend the range of the vehicle. Both PHEVs and REEVs will be banned in the not so distant future as part of the government's plans to tackle emissions.
While making the switch to an electric car may seem a little daunting at first, the benefits of electric cars make them well worth the investment.
When will petrol and diesel cars be banned?
The UK government has announced plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. The move is part of a wider effort to tackle climate change and reduce air pollution. Under the proposed ban, only electric cars will be allowed to be sold new in the UK. The government is also planning to invest billions of pounds in charging infrastructure and other measures to support the switch to electric vehicles.
The ban on petrol and diesel cars is already impacting the automotive industry, as well as on drivers. Some manufacturers are already investing heavily in electric vehicles, but others are likely to struggle to make the transition in time.
For drivers, the switch to electric cars will mean that they'll need to make some changes in their driving habits to accommodate charging the car rather than refuelling at the petrol pump. The great news is that drivers can have charging points installed at home or work which is a much more convenient way of adding miles to the car than searching for a petrol station. The upcoming ban is sure to cause debate, but it looks set to fundamentally change the way we get around in the UK by road.
Our drivers often tell us that they’re pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to make the transition to an EV once they get used to charging rather than refilling at the pump.
What will happen to petrol and diesel cars after 2030?
After the ban comes into effect in 2030, petrol and diesel cars will still be allowed to be driven on UK roads. However, they'll no longer be able to be sold new, meaning that drivers will need to switch to electric cars if they want to buy a new vehicle.
The ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles includes cars, vans and trucks. It's reasonable to expect that the resale value of petrol and diesel cars will decrease after the ban due to declining demand for the older models. This coupled with the introduction of more ultra-low emissions (ULEZ) zones means that owning a petrol or diesel car will incur additional costs, making them a less attractive option for drivers. With the increase in demand for electric cars, there will be a reduction in the cost of production and ownership, making them a more affordable choice.
The UK's move to ban petrol and diesel cars is a bold step in the fight against climate change. It'll require a major shift in the way we think about transportation, but it's a change that is necessary to protect our planet. So, while the prospect of switching to electric cars may be daunting to some, it's an important step that we need to take.
Can I still drive my petrol car after 2030?
Under the current plans, drivers will still be able to use their petrol cars after 2030, but they will gradually become less common as electric vehicles become more prevalent. Eventually, petrol and diesel cars are likely to disappear from UK roads entirely.
While this may seem like a daunting prospect for some drivers, the switch to electric vehicles will bring lots of benefits. Electric cars are cheaper to run and maintain than petrol or diesel cars. They also produce zero exhaust emissions, making them much friendlier to the environment. In the long run, the switch to electric vehicles will benefit both drivers and the planet.
Can I still drive my diesel car after 2030?
Drivers will still be able to use their diesel cars after 2030, but they will become less common over time. While new-generation diesel cars are not as polluting as petrol cars, they still produce a considerable amount of harmful emissions that can damage the environment.
For this reason, the UK government is planning to phase out diesel cars as well. You’ll be able to drive your diesel car in the UK until it's no longer road-worthy, but eventually, all diesel cars will need to be replaced with electric vehicles.
Will hybrids be banned after 2030?
Hybrids will stay in circulation a little longer than petrol and diesel cars, as they emit lower levels of emission but the government is planning to phase out hybrid cars as well, with a ban on the sale of new hybrids expected to come into effect in 2035. After that date, only electric cars will be allowed to be sold new in the UK. So, it's definitely the right time to switch to electric cars and move us all towards a greener future.
Looking to switch to an electric vehicle? Check out our range of future-ready cars.