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Petrol and diesel cars will be banned by 2035 in bid to boost electric car sales

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Petrol and diesel vehicles sales were supposed to be stopped by 2040 although targets have been moved forward in a bid to curb the climate emissions crisis. Experts warned sticking to the original date would mean some vehicles would still be on the roads by 2050 when the government aims to have drastically reduced emissions.

The proposals are set to be announced at an event to launch November’s United Nations climate conference which will be held in the UK.

A Consultation will also be launched to discuss an even earlier ban on traditional vehicles in an attempt to speed up the process even more.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the ban was being introduced earlier to go further than before to tackle climate issues.

He said: “This government’s £1.5bn strategy to make owning an electric vehicle as easy as possible is working – last year alone, a fully electric car was sold every 15 minutes.

“We want to go further than ever before. That’s why we are bringing forward our already ambitious target to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars to tackle climate change and reduce emissions.”

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The Transport Secretary suggested pushing an earlier ban at the Conservative Party conference last year.

However, motoring groups have challenged the likelihood of the proposals being met by the new date due to the logistics of carrying out the major project.

Despite a rise in sales over the past year, the electric car market makes up less than two percent of the UK car market.

There are also issues surrounding a lack of infrastructure for some regions and surveys have revealed this is a reason many motorists decide not to purchase the cars.

In 2019, SMMT data reveals 2.2 percent extra new petrol cars were sold than the previous year as almost 1.5million flew out of dealerships.

Petrol cars control a massive 65 percent of the overall market as diesel car sales suffered a 20 percent drop over 12 months.

AA president Edmund King said the new targets were incredibly challenging and questioned whether the correct infrastructure and fleet numbers would be ready in time to meet the target.

He said: “Drivers support measures to clean up air quality and reduce CO2 emissions but these stretched targets are incredibly challenging.

“We must question whether we will have a sufficient supply of a full cross section of zero emissions vehicles in less than 15 years.

“We will also need a package of grants coupled with a comprehensive charging infrastructure at homes and in towns, cities, motorways and rural locations.”

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