LONDON (Reuters)-The Financial Times reported on Saturday that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to announce next week that the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles will be banned from 2030, five years earlier than originally planned.
The UK initially planned to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel-powered cars from 2040. As part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Johnson moved this requirement forward to 2035 in February.
The British “Financial Times”
The BBC reported a similar plan earlier on Saturday, but did not provide any sources.
A Downing Street spokesperson declined to comment on Johnson’s upcoming report or the content of the report.
The British “Financial Times” stated that the new timetable is not expected to apply to certain hybrid vehicles. These hybrid vehicles use a hybrid of electricity and fossil fuels and can still be sold in 2035.
The suspension of sales of new gasoline and diesel cars will mark a huge shift in the British car market.
Industry data shows that gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles account for 73.6% of new car sales so far this year, while pure electric vehicles account for only 5.5%, and pure electric vehicles are usually more expensive. Various types of hybrid vehicles constitute the remaining sales.
(This story has been corrected to correct the figures regarding the market share of electric vehicles in paragraph 8)
Other reports by Sabahatjahan Contractor, written by David Milliken, edited by Mark Potter