‘Very few reasons to keep using’ petrol and diesel before 2030 car ban

Last month, the Government confirmed it would be pressing ahead with the plan to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by the end of the decade. Between 2030 and 2035, drivers will still be able to buy new hybrid vehicles as long as they are capable of travelling a significant distance without producing emissions.

Many motoring organisations and experts have praised the Government for setting such goals to ensure the UK reaches net zero emissions by 2050.

However, many are cautious about how the UK will be able to manage with the transition to electric vehicles and the required infrastructure.

Paul Holland, Managing Director for UK Fleet at Allstar, spoke to Express.co.uk about the incoming ban and how it will affect drivers.

He commented on the “major shift”, saying the transport and mobility changes mean individual motorists and professional fleets need to adapt to the times.

He said: “The benefits of electric vehicles over those powered by internal combustion engines (ICE) go beyond their environmental impact. 

“They are significantly less expensive to run: one study shows that EV drivers can save over 56 percent compared to petrol or diesel per mile. 

“ICE vehicles do have some advantages, including their typical price to buy used or new being lower and how they are much quicker to refuel than EVs. 

“These advantages are diminishing all of the time, however, so by the time of the 2030 cut-off there may be very few reasons to keep using ICE vehicles.”

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The UK has been steadfast in its desire to end the sale of new ICE vehicles, accelerating the ban five years before the European Union.

Recently, the 2035 EU ban deadline has been put at risk after Germany called for a last-minute change to the legislation to allow a certain fuel type.

This would allow new cars with internal combustion engines to be allowed after the 2035 deadline, provided they run on e-fuels.

If this were to be brought forward, a new class of vehicles would need to be created, which could create issues with emissions standards, especially when it comes to the UK.

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The UK Government has repeatedly confirmed that the 2030 ban would remain in place and has not commented on the viability of an e-fuel loophole.

Despite the concerns, Mr Holland said there would be one exception to the vehicle ban – namely heavy goods vehicles.

Even though manufacturers are working hard to advance electric battery technology, there are still barriers in place before widespread adoption can be managed.

In many applications, it may be impractical to use an electric HGV, hence why there were left out of the 2030 sales ban deadline.

Paul Holland continued, saying: “If you are one of the many companies looking to make the switch to an EV then it will be more complex than replacing each of your ICE vehicles with an EV equivalent. 

“You and the drivers who constitute your fleet will have to adapt to new ways of working and make changes to the way you work.”

The UK became the first country in the world to commit to phasing out non-zero emission heavy goods vehicles weighing 26 tonnes and under by 2035, with all new HGVs sold in the UK to be zero emission by 2040.

Speaking at the time of the announcement, Gerry Keaney, chief executive of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), praised the progressive move.

He highlighted the varying use of HGVs, saying that the approach to ending the sale by 2040 must be “comprehensive”. 

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