KEY POINTS

  • UK Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps claims petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned by 2032
  • Auto manufacturers had already considered the shift to electric by 2040
  • The January sales are at 4,504 electric units and 145,279 nonelectric vehicles

U.K. transport secretary, Grant Shapps, is saying that the government may ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles in 12 years, which is three years earlier than originally suggested.

A consultation that was launched in the past week claimed that all vehicles with internal combustion engines could be banned by 2035, but Shapps told media outlets that the ban might come three years earlier.

Boris Johnson announced the government’s intent to bring forward the ban by five years, so the statement by Shapps brings an already modified banner closer.

The amendments to the already set plans are bound to cause a stir in the auto industry. It had already planned around the estimates of 2040. The figures for the January sales are at 4,504 electric units and 145,279 nonelectric vehicles.

The petroleum industry is also a big loser, which will have to adapt to the ban announcement and emission targets.

The government, along with emission conscious platforms and institutions, are aiming to shift drivers toward the electric vehicle sector as part of the effort to reach a zero-emissions level by the year 2050.

Shapps, who himself drives an electric vehicle, stated the government was investing 1.5 billion pounds in infrastructure toward the shift from fossil fuels to electric vehicles.

He added the United Kingdom has domestic car producers, and the aim is to assist them in transitioning, so they are doing a lot of work towards the objectives.

There are now more public charging stations compared to the petrol stations in the UK.

Some of the previous proposals did not include the hybrids which combine internal combustion engines and electric battery power.

Most auto manufacturers have seen the hybrids as a means to help the public through the transition to electric vehicles. Since their advent during the past decade, manufacturers have been focusing on producing their flagships. These are with hybrid or even EV variants.

Among the main concerns for the car-makers are the incentives, including grants for electric vehicles, as well as helping the infrastructure, so it is capable of charging millions of vehicles.

In the third quarter of 2019, the department for Transport recorded 22,596 new registrations for low emission cars. However, it only represented 3.1 percent of the new vehicle registrations at the time.

European manufacturers have responded to the urge towards lower emissions by launching a wave of EVs to meet the targets set by the EU.