The Government has announced plans for a UK-wide ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars in the UK five years earlier that it had previously proposed.
New hydrogen-powered cars would also be allowed to be sold from 2035.
The Prime Minister revealed the Government’s current thinking at a pre-launch event for a major United Nations climate conference to be held in Glasgow in November.
The previous 2040 deadline for a ban on petrol and diesel has been brought forward to 2035.In addition, plug-in hybrids as well as conventional hybrid vehicles will be banned from this date, as will vans under 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight.
According to a report on the BBC news website, the change in plans, which will be subject to a consultation, comes after experts warned that 2040 would be too late for the UK to achieve its target of emitting virtually zero carbon by 2050 as there would still be many older, conventional cars on the roads.
“Drivers support measures to clean up air quality and reduce CO2 emissions, but these stretched targets are incredibly challenging,” AA President Edmund King said.“We need a package of grants coupled with a comprehensive charging infrastructure at homes and in towns, cities, motorways and rural locations.”