The Prime Minister is set to bring forward the banning of the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles, reports have claimed.

In February this year the original date was brought forward to 2035 but the Financial Times reports that Boris Johnson will announce it will now be 2030.

He's expected to make the announcement as a part of the government’s 10 point plan for climate change.

Electric cars currently make up only 7% of the UK car market, but it is hoped that the announcement will turn more people towards electric cars.

RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said that the new date would present a “monumental challenge” to the car industry.

He said: “We believe many more rapid charging devices are needed in order to give drivers the confidence that they can make longer journeys in a convenient and time efficient manner."

Plug in hybrids will not be affected and they are likely to remain until 2035, it was reported.

And yet electric vehicles are more expensive than diesels.

The FT said that around £500m in funding for electric car charging infrastructure would be rolled out in the new year.

Ian Plummer, director at Auto Trader, said: “In order to meet the government’s new ban of petrol and diesel cars by 2030, the sale of EVs must overtake the sale of traditional ICE (internal combustion engine) cars by 2024.

“But, on the current sales trajectory this won’t happen until 2029. It’s clear that electric vehicles need to be the preferred option to the masses and not just to those who are environmentalists, early adopters or the wealthy that can afford their high price tags, but that isn’t the case yet.”

Gi Fernando, Chairman of New AutoMotive, an independent transport research organisation aiming to accelerate the switch to electric vehicles in the UK said: “The decision to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles is good news for British motorists.

It will save UK motorists billions in motoring costs, reduce air pollution in our towns and cities, and create thousands of new jobs in electric car manufacturing and servicing.

“More and more consumers are discovering the benefits of owning an electric car, from cheaper running costs to a better experience behind the wheel. "

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