Sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be phased out by 2030, Boris Johnson has confirmed.
With that in mind, should you still consider buying a diesel car if you plan on getting a new set of wheels?
Here’s what you need to know…
Should I still buy a diesel car?
The new rule will not ban petrol and diesel cars from the road completely – those who own those vehicles will still be allowed to drive them after that date.
However you will not be able to buy a new petrol or diesel car, although sales of some hybrid vehicles – which use more than one type of power source to operate, usually an electric engine and an internal combustion engine – will be allowed until 2035.
Among the cars which have hybrid engines are the Toyota Prius, the Hyundai Ioniq, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid, the Kia Niro and the Volvo XC90.
Modern electric cars – which you plug in to charge – can travel around 250 miles on a charge, although some, such as the Tesla vehicles, have a range of around 300 miles.
That’s pretty much the same amount of mileage you would get on a tank of fuel – although obviously electric cars are more eco-friendly, with the transition to such vehicles aimed at cutting climate emissions and air pollution.
Boris Johnson said that nearly £500 million will be spent in the next four years for the development and mass-scale production of electric vehicle batteries, helping to boost manufacturing bases including in the Midlands and North East.
The Government will also launch a consultation on the phase out of new diesel HGVs to clean up freight transport, though no date has been set.
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