Grant Shapps revealed the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel machines could be introduced in just 12 years despite this originally being planned for 2040, during an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live today. He revealed plans for an early introduction were in consultation, despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week revealing a 2035 date for the implementation of the scheme.
Speaking earlier today, Mr Shapps said: “Michael Gove announced the original 2040, the Prime Minister last week said actually we would like to do that by 2035 at the latest.
“We have said 2035 or even 2032. That’s in consultation, we will say 2032-2035.”
Last week, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) chief executive Mike Hawes warned the government was moving the goalposts and urged officials to reveal how their ambitions could be fulfilled.
Express.co.uk readers have expressed their anger at the idea of a ban on traditional road vehicles as they took to social media.
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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the ban could be introduced as early as 2023
Commenting on Facebook, Alex Bayford warned of backlash when people suffered in their day to day life, suggesting 2032 would “signal the beginning of a dark age”.
He said: “They have no idea what the impact of this terribly thought out knee jerk reaction is going to lead to.
“Do they really believe the masses are simply just going to give up their expensive cars without a fight?”
He added: “Just think of the backlash when people cannot get to their jobs. There are no lorries to take goods to the shops, no deliveries of any kind to your doorstep.
“We do not have anything that can do the work of an articulated lorry let alone replace it. 2032 [is] the beginning of the new dark ages.”
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Another motorist warned the petrol and diesel ban was a “con trick” with road users paying all the costs as rich people got even richer.
This view was shared by Andie Wilkk, who commented on Facebook: “The fact is it’s all about the money, swapping everyone to EV is worth £trillions to car manufacturers and the economy all done under green credentials!
“The whole climate change agenda is a hoax designed to replace everything developed last century with modern technology, simple!”
John Benton raised concerns over the timespan of the project, saying on Facebook: “Well let’s hope the infrastructure is able to deal with the demand. 12 years seems rather a short time period to have this in place.”
It is believed the electric car ban has been brought forward to increase uptake of electric vehicles.
The plans will ensure hardly any traditionally fuelled vehicles are still on the roads by 2050 to meet the government’s zero-carbon target.
However, experts fear the nation may not be fully prepared for an electric switchover with infrastructure mainly based in urban locations.
The AA said meeting the new targets would be challenging, adding thousands of charging stations would be needed.
Concerns over electric car infrastructure were shared by Express.co.uk readers with many showing their fear over the lack of preparedness.
Rodney Tordoff said: “Get real, once the cars can provide for real life perhaps we will see more change. Everyone is on the bandwagon for going green. It’s for governments to focus on reality.”
Another road user said then the government had not thought through the plans as extra charging stations would be needed in several regions.
Phillip Kenny said rural areas could be forced to return to horse-drawn transport due to a lack of electric car infrastructure.
He said on Facebook: “I live in Boston, Lincolnshire. The only charging points, I have ever seen in this part of Lincolnshire, are situated in a garden centre car park, and a shopping centre car park. Both are closed and locked, outside of business hours!
“My conclusion is that, big towns, cities close to major road networks may be ok! But rural counties. I think are going to have to go back to horse-drawn transport!”