Government is expected to confirm that it will bring forward the ban on the sale of new combustion-engined cars from 2040 to 2030 to help drive up support for widespread electric vehicle adoption.
The Finacial Times carries a story that this move will be part of a wider announcement on a package of green initiatives to be detailed by the Prime Minister.
The original propsal to end sales by 2040 was first suggested in 2018 as part part of the government’s strategy to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, before transport secretary Grant Shapps said this could be brought forward to 2035 or even 2032 if possible.
The government has also doubled its EV charger fund allocation to £10 million in an effort to encourage EV uptake in urban areas in January this year. It also said that some of the money could be used to develop a publicly accessible charger monitoring platform, which could then be integrated into sat-navs and route-planners.
As reported by Highways News, a letter was also sent to Mr Shapps from three Labour shadow ministers who called on the government to bring the combustion ban forward to 2030.