Government considers 2035 end to fossil fuel cars

The government has announced it will consult on ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans in 2035, bringing forward the current deadline of 2040.

The move, promised in the Conservative Party manifesto, has been met with disappointment both from green groups and from industry lobbyists.

Green Alliance said 2035 was still too late for the UK to meet its legally-binding net zero target, noting that a 2030 ban would be cheaper for consumers by stimulating the electric vehicle market and would reduce air pollution faster.

Chaitanya Kumar, the group’s head of climate and energy, said: “Moving the UK's 2040 ban on fossil fuelled vehicles forward to 2030 is a no-brainer.

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