2035 ban the internal combustion engine: open consultations for a long time

The government will seek views on a proposal to ban the sale of all new non-zero emissions cars and vans by 2035 or earlier, by July

The UK government has extended the period during which the public can give their opinion on plans to end sales of new petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles and vehicles by 2035 or earlier, in an open consultation.

The online consultation process was originally supposed to close at the end of May. However, that the end date extended to July 31 is likely a priority in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced plans in early February, at the initiative of the UK, to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The government wants to move the planned ban on sales of gasoline and diesel powered vehicles from 2040 to 2035 or earlier, “if a faster transition becomes possible” – and expand it to include all-zero emissions from cars and vans. This means the ban will include hybrids and hybrids that would have been allowed under the original plans.

Offers mixed reactions from the automotive sectors, with the Society of Automobile Manufacturers and Traders calling them "very relatively", and European Ford boss Stuart Rowley that they were "not helpful".

In particular, the government is being asked for entry to the stage of the date, the definition of what should be terminated, and the obstacles to achieving these proposals. Respondents were also asked to consider both measures envisaged by the government and other groups to achieve the previous milestone, the date, and “the impact of these ambitions in various industries and society”.

Information on where to leave feedback on proposals is available at UK government website.

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