POLL: When you buy your next car will it be an electric vehicle?
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Many Britons are looking to make the change to electric vehicles (EVs) ahead of the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars.
Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove has said that the Government remains committed to the “immovable” deadline, with internal combustion engine vehicles banned in seven years, and hybrid cars by 2035. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I’m sure there are some people who would like to change that policy, I understand. But no, that policy remains.”
Three years ago the ban was brought forward by a decade to help the UK achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 but some Conservatives are sceptical about the policy. Chair of the Net Zero Scrutiny Group and Tory MP Craig Mackinlay questioned if the policy was “practical” or “affordable”.
Former Brexit minister Lord Frost added: “It’s obvious we are not ready to ban the internal combustion engine in just seven years’ time. There is already huge consumer resistance and there is no chance we can make the grid or charging network ready on that timescale.
“Softening the target, as the EU has already done, is inevitable. The best thing would be for the Government to accept that reality now and get credit for changing things.”
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At the end of last month, there were more than 810,000 fully electric cars and 510,000 plug-in hybrids on the UK’s roads at the end of June.
Demand for EVs is growing with data from Zapmap showing that some 365,000 plug-in hybrid and battery-electric cars were registered in 2022, an increase of 20 percent on the previous year.
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A survey carried out by vehicle charging brand CTEK earlier this month found that one in four drivers want their next vehicle to be an EV or plug-in hybrid.
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