The ICE car sales ban has been brought forward again less than a year since it was last moved from 2040 to 2035!
A proposed ban for the sale of brand new cars featuring Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) running on either petrol or diesel, was originally mooted for 2040. In February it was brought forward to 2035 after experts revealed Britain would not meet net zero emission targets committed too. Apparently it still wasn’t enough, because now it’s moved to 2030 – just nine years from now. What will it mean for you the motorist?
Will all cars be banned from sale just nine years from now?
The ban as proposed, will apply to all brand-new cars powered only by petrol or diesel engines. New hybrid cars (those driven by a combination of electric and petrol or diesel power) will continue on sale till 2035. Only full electric-powered cars will be allowed on sale after that date. The ban does not affect the second-hand sale or use of petrol or diesel cars.
Will all petrol stations close?
No because cars already on the road will not be barred from use. In a typical year, two million new cars are sold in the UK. There are over 40 million cars and commercial vehicles in use on our roads. At a rate of two million cars a year – assuming there is the same level of take up and enthusiasm for buying EVs (electric cars) as current models – it would still take 20 years to replace all of the UK’s cars with electric-powered vehicles.
Are there going to be enough electric vehicles available by 2030?
Almost every manufacturer now has at least one electrified car (either full electric or hybrid) in their current product range already. Virtually all have electric vehicles lined up in future product plans. There will be no shortage of choice.
Will there be enough power to charge all the electric cars?
The decision to bring forward the date of banning petrol and diesel cars (originally planned for 2040 and previously revised to 2035) is part of a multi-point plan which includes ensuring every home in the UK will be powered by renewable energy sources, such as new windfarms to be built off-shore.
What about charging points?
At present the electric car charging infrastructure is woefully inadequate and it’s especially hard to run an EV if you don’t have home charging available. This is set to change, but it will be a tough task for councils to ramp up the number of charging outlets in just nine years to sufficient levels.
How will this impact the value of my car after 2030
It’s highly likely that depreciation on traditional petrol and diesel engine cars will slow dramatically as they will no longer be available and many motorists will still want to drive these instead of electric-only vehicles, due to issues such as range anxiety and long recharging times – unless EV technology improves radically within the next few years. So ICE cars could well be an investment. And I’d expect a boom in 2029 in petrol car sales, before a crash in the new car market occurs in 2030.
Why is the government doing this?
It’s all about lowering our carbon footprint and achievement net-zero emissions targets set by the international community in order to stop and reverse environmental damage and global warming. It’s a good thing really. No, really, it is.
Will the BrownCarGuy be reviewing more electric cars?
I certainly will! Stay tuned, as a real-world review of the Honda E full electric car is coming soon. See my daily vlog on the car already live now at YouTube.com/BrownCarGuy
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