Ban on diesel & petrol cars will “impose huge costs on drivers”


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Dr Richard Wellings responds to ban on new petrol and diesel cars

Responding to the government’s plan to bring forward the ban on new petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles from 2040 to 2035, Dr Richard Wellings, the IEA’s Head of Transport said:

“The decision to bring forward the ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles is likely to impose huge costs on drivers for environmental benefits that are far from certain, considering the vast amount of energy used in the manufacturing process of electric vehicles.

“Politicians are notoriously bad at picking winners and it will be drivers and taxpayers who are forced to pick up the tab.

“This is a distinctly regressive move from the government. Electric vehicles are likely to remain far more expensive than their petrol and diesel counterparts well into the future, which may force poorer motorists off the road altogether.

“The government has failed to address adequately the challenges of rolling out extensive charging infrastructure across the country – as well as the implications for the already strained power grid – the costs of which are likely to spiral out of control.”

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