The National Grid says it is confident that it is ‘suitably robust to cope with the forecast uptake in electric vehicles’ from 2030 – the new date that new petrol and diesel passenger cars and vans will be banned from sale. The Prime Minister has tonight confirmed an accelerated deadline for when car makers must stop selling new vehicles with internal combustion engines. Boris Johnson had widely been expected to announce a shortened target date for the ban – which will come into force a full decade ahead of its original schedule – in a bid to fast-track the transition to greener electric vehicles. Tonight’s announcement will send alarm bells ringing about the resulting huge rise in demand on the electricity grid in the run-up to 2030 and beyond, as more motorists are forced to switch to plug-in cars.
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Boris Johnson won plaudits from environmental campaigners with his move to bring forward a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 to 2030. But although the move will accelerate the UK’s journey to net zero emissions, it presents an enormous challenge for the car industry. While sales are growing fast, currently only around 12 per cent of cars sold in the UK every year charge via a plug point. Pushing those sales up depends on convincing wary drivers they won’t end up stuck in the middle of nowhere with a flat battery. Alongside building cars with longer driving ranges, installing more car plug points will be crucial. There are currently just over 20,000 electric vehicle chargers across the UK. Millions more will be needed in the coming years to keep pace with the numbers of new vehicles hitting the roads.
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There are concerns that UK motorists will struggle to adapt to a green future without significantly more state intervention. Indeed, it is feared that the 2030 ban may even do short-term environmental damage, as motorists hang on to their old petrol or diesel cars for longer rather than cashing it for a newer and cleaner but more expensive model.
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