Previously, the deadline for the UK was set at 2030. It is delayed by 5 years
In line with the position of other major powers such as the European Union and Canada, the United Kingdom has decided to postpone the ban on the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles.
This measure, which has provoked numerous reactions in the automotive industry and politics, was announced by the EU British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
A controversial decision
He British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirms what has been rumored for days: the ban planned for 2030 will be postponed to 2035. Although this measure aims to give industry and consumers greater flexibility to adapt, it has generated criticism and a certain climate of mistrust.
According to Sunak, this decision has been made “Ease the transition to electric vehicles”, which allows the purchase of gasoline and diesel vehicles until the newly set date. However, these cars may continue to be sold on the used market beyond this date.
The situation of the electricity market
Currently, the UK is experiencing a significant increase in electric car sales, accounting for 20.1% of total automobile sales, representing a year-on-year growth of 72%. However, this trend is mainly driven by fleets and companies that benefit from favorable taxation. Despite the growth of the electricity market The government does not offer any incentives or subsidies for his takeover, which led to debates about his position in the energy transition.
The future of mobility in the UK
The UK is committed to a different approach to tackling climate change. Instead of strict restrictions, she hopes that cost reductions and improvements to the charging infrastructure will naturally drive the change towards electromobility.
However, this decision was not well received by everyone. Major manufacturers such as Ford, KIA and Volkswagen have raised concerns, pointing to issues such as infrastructure immaturity and the need for a clear regulatory framework. Political voices were also not silent, describing the measure as “election-oriented” and accusing the government of a lack of leadership.
On the other hand, not everything was criticism. Toyota defends that “All affordable and low-emission technologies can play a role in a pragmatic transition”. Similarly, the Conservative MP for Lincoln, Karl McCartney, argued that the main complaints came from more radicalized sectors.
Finally, As the UK reaffirms its commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050, the path to get there is fraught with challenges and controversy. The transition to electric mobility is a reality, but the speed and methods by which it will be achieved are still a matter of debate.