Electric cars are a ‘better option’ than petrol and diesel vehicles before 2030 car ban

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The UK Government will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030, with a similar ban affecting hybrid vehicles coming just five years later. Because of this, the Government as well as automotive brands have been investing heavily into electric vehicles and its necessary infrastructure.

Alongside this, many are calling on alternative fuel sources to help decarbonise quicker and boost the commitment to becoming net zero by 2050.

Fredrika Klaren, Head of Sustainability at Polestar, believes that renewables and clean energy need to be at the forefront of EV infrastructure in the UK.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, she said: “I think this is where we will see how this technology can be easily adopted through home charging.

“I myself have driven an EV for nearly 10 years now and I’ve always been able to charge at home, with renewable energy in Sweden.

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“Even way back then it was a better option, it had the climate impact that I wanted it to have and it was so convenient for me to make the switch.

“It’s so much easier than having a fossil fuelled car. You can charge at home so those incentives and actions are so needed in terms of accelerating the shift.

“Of course you also have to have an inclusive charging network. EVs have to be for many people.

“We are a premium company but we have to have EVs in all price ranges available for all wallet sizes and all kinds of living situations, so we really have a job to do.

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“We can’t take that responsibility lightly. We can’t just sit around and talk about it, you really have to see this type of action.”

The Government announced that it would be investing around £1.6billion into installing thousands of electric car charging stations around the UK before the end of the decade.

This followed another announcement from BP, who announced its largest-ever EV charging expansion by investing £1billion in the UK to triple its number of charging points by 2030.

The investment will enable the deployment of more rapid and ultra-fast chargers in key locations, something which Grant Shapps said he was “delighted with”.

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