UK bans sale of pure combustion engines from 2030


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made it official: the government will bring forward the ban on the sale of cars with combustion engines by five years to 2030. This measure is part of a new ten-point plan for a “green industrial revolution”.

There is an exception for certain plug-in hybrids: they will receive a grace period until 2035, provided they can cover a “substantial distance” purely electrically. The required electric range has not yet been defined in more detail. What is clear is that new cars with a combustion engine may no longer be registered in ten years.

With the “green industrial revolution”, the Prime Minister wants to combat climate change and create jobs, for example in the energy sector – and to preserve those in the automotive industry as far as possible. The government is talking about 250,000 “green jobs” and wants to invest 12 billion pounds (13.4 billion euros) by 2030 and hopes that three times this amount will be added by private industry. The new incentives will add four billion pounds for immediate release. Critics have said that this is not enough for the transformation envisaged.

Johnson is backing the regulations for the combustion engine shutdown with the following subsidies: To support the transition to e-mobility, the British government is pledging to invest 1.3 billion pounds (1.45 billion euros) to expand the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and 582 million pounds (650 million euros) in purchase premiums. The government also plans to support the series production of electric car batteries in the UK with 500 million pounds (559 million euros). In the aviation and maritime sectors, new support will be forthcoming for greener power systems for the latter to the tune of 20 million pounds. Johnson reiterated the support for walking, cycling and public transport but did not introduce either new funds or new initiatives.

The production of both green hydrogen (made from renewables) and grey and blue hydrogen (produced by means of fossil fuels) is to be supported with 500 million pounds (559 million euros). The production of green hydrogen could take place mainly in the wind energy dominated North East of England for both mobility and industrial applications. Hydrogen gas can be mixed with fossil fuel gas to varying degrees in existing gas infrastructure and used for domestic heating. The government envisages a town heated entirely by hydrogen by the end of the decade.

In addition to mobility, the “green industrial revolution” should also affect other areas. For example, the government’s environmental plan also envisages a new large nuclear power station in Suffolk. Johnson hopes this will create up to 10,000 jobs at turbine manufacturer Rolls-Royce and other companies. Besides, it has been stipulated that new houses may no longer be equipped with fossil fuel gas heating systems as early as 2023. By 2028, 600,000 heat pumps are to be installed to heat buildings.

Just in February this year, the British government announced that it would bring forward the planned combustion engine shutdown from 2040 to 2035. At the time it was argued that the year 2040 was too late to achieve the goal of being practically CO2-free by 2050. At that time, it was made even more stringent by the fact that the ban covered all hybrid cars. The government has now softened up this regulation somewhat.

The further change bringing the ban on purely combustion engines from 2035 to 2030 was demanded from different quarters just this month. On one hand, environmental organisations such as Greenpeace demonstrated to this end, on the other, major UK fleet operators also renewed their calls for a ban on combustion engines by 2030. On the flip side, this month we reported that the UK’s transport ministry was already having a little trouble with cutting CO2 in its fleets.

bbc.com, edie.net, theguardian.com, businessgreen.com


about „UK bans sale of pure combustion engines from 2030“
Mark Garnett
19.11.2020 um 22:05
Good stuff. This is not only the right hing to do, but EVs are better vehicles in almost every metric that people care about. Some will be concerned and even worried about having to switch; fear not, its new and different and range is limited but its mainly mind set; if your current renge is 400 miles (or whatever) you still have to visit the petrol station every 400 miles. Even if its raining, or you forgot your wallet or if you are late for work. With EVs most owners work out where they can plug in to get a charge (eg at home, at work, at the shops or gym) so rarely have to stop and refuel (and certainly never hand over £70 for the privilege of pouring that carsangenic liquid into your won car). OK, that good, what about long trips over the EV range (many now manage 200-250 with ease), yep they need planning, but 200 miles is often 3 hours driving. So best practice is to break it up, even if just to grab a coffee and loo. So plan your stop to be at a location with rapid chargers and while you are doing those other tasks, your EV is picking up range. The best EVs on the best chargers can already peak at over 1000 miles an hour (meaning adding 160 miles in 10 mins - can you you to the loo and get served in less than 10 mins?). So a short break on the way there, another not the way back, your "limited range" EV now can do over 500 miles without inconveniencing you (and do this once a week to save £32,000 in fuel costs over next 10 years because electricity is cheap/more efficient than diesel). YMMV but EVs are the answer and even life-long committed "petrol heads" are rapidly converted once they give it a test drive. For anyone in any doubt (or adamant they are going to keep driving combustion while they can, I dare you test drive any EV. I predict even if you find the worst EV out (slowest, shorted range, most ugly), I think you will come away with fresh ideas and begin o plan how your next car might be an EV.

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