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14 Dec 2020

UK ban on the sale of Petrol & Diesel vehicles from 2030, how does this affect you?

By Ruby
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The UK Prime Minister has announced that the UK will no longer accept petrol and diesel cars from 2030. This is to phase out polluting vehicles and help the country get to the green industrial revolution. Earlier, the plans set in 2017 intended for the significant shift to occur in 2040. According to the PM, this move is a part of the 10-point plan that will create more jobs for the people and combat climate change. This information was published on the government’s website and will focus on carbon capturing and storage, low generation of carbon-hydrogen, offshore wind, and nuclear energy. Here is what you should know about the ban and how this will affect you.
Wind farm

The Green Industrial Revolution

Before getting to the significant shift, let us see the PM’s 10-point plan for the ‘Green Industrial Revolution.’

Offshore Wind
The country intends to produce more offshore wind to power up every home. It is expected that this will quadruple to 40 gigawatts by 2030 and support over 60,000 jobs.

Innovation and Finance
The country also intends to develop top-notch technology to make London the international centre of bottle green finance.

According to his prediction, the country will generate more nuclear power to power up different facilities. This will be possible through the provision for a large nuclear plant and advancing the small nuclear reactors. In the long run, this step will support over 10,000 jobs.

Carbon Capture
According to the PM’s report, the country intends to develop a world-class technology to contain and store hazardous emissions from the air. By 2030, the system will have removed tonnes of CO2.

Homes and Public Buildings
The country intends to make the schools, homes, and hospitals more energy-efficient and greener. By 2028, the government will have installed over 600,000 heat pumps in these facilities.

Zero Emission Ships and Planes
The country will also support research projects to boost zero-emission aircraft and ships’ production.

Electric Vehicles
The country intends to phase out new petrol and diesel car sales by 2030. This is in efforts to increase the shift to electric cars.

By 2030, the country expects to generate over five gigawatts of hydrogen carbon. Additionally, in the next years, the state will have its first town heated by gas.

The country intends to plant 30,000 hectares of trees each year to restore the natural environment.

Public Transport
One of the best ways for you to boost zero-emission public transportation in the future is to encourage people to walk and cycle.

The major shift to Electric cars

The government wants to revolutionise some aspects of life, especially in de-industrialised areas, to make the country and the world a better place. According to the PM’s report, government funding of £1.3 billion will be available in order to accelerate the sales of cleaner vehicles. In addition to this, the government intends to give £582 million in the form of an OLEV grant to those purchasing zero-emission cars of the ultra-low emission versions. Not only will this make the vehicles cheaper, but it also acts as an incentive for most UK nationals to make the shift to electric cars.

Electric car charging public

The government will also spend over £500 million in the next four years to develop electric vehicle batteries for the incoming electric vehicles. However, even with this massive input, the government acknowledges that this is a huge step and requires a considerable focus. Here are some of the aspects that could affect the electric revolution.

How much will these cars cost?

There are a few changes that apply for the UK to get to the 2030 electric car milestone. According to research done in 2019, it was discovered that out of the 2.3 million new cars, only 37,850 were electric battery powered. This translates into 1.6% of the entire value and, honestly, a low number. More people purchased the electric cars and developments for the zero-emission models released at the beginning of the year.

Even though electric vehicles are better and friendlier to the environment, they are expensive to produce. Most manufacturers will hugely benefit from the OLEV Grant and other government funding to successfully transition. According to Mike Hawess, the boss of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the success of the transition hugely lies in reassuring consumers that they can comfortably afford these cars. Buyers need to know that they can recharge the vehicles as fast as they can refuel them today.

Cheapest electric cars

How do you charge these cars?

Electric car owners can charge their cars at public charging points or a charger at home. You can park the car beside your house for those with driveways and then plug it straight into the domestic mains electricity supply. Nevertheless, this process is often slow and may take hours to charge, depending on the battery size entirely.

The government aims to contain this situation by helping homeowners get a home fast-charging point installed. Homeowners will receive 75% of the total installation cost for the installation. According to recent research by ZapMap, there are only 20,197 public charging sports in the UK in 12,724 locations. The number is in continuous increment, and this is a good sign as with time, more stations come on to serve more people. Nevertheless, the government intends to bring in more charging points as the number of electric car users increases.


The shift is an excellent milestone in fighting the deteriorating climate crisis. Apart from this, the country also creates more employment in its journey to an electric future. Once you purchase the electric car, you can conveniently charge it at the provided public charging points or a home-based charging point. As far as it goes, this is a perfect way for the government to curb the polluting emissions by fossil fuel cars. The dream is actionable by giving the manufacturers grants and incentives to facilitate EV infrastructure production. As such, more people can afford these cars and make the place a better place for everyone.

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Written by Ruby

Writes blogs about EV charging and climate solutions for 50five.