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2035 ban on new hybrid vehicles ‘a kick in the face’ for drivers, says industry expert

2035 ban on new hybrid vehicles ‘a kick in the face’ for drivers, says industry expert

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Sales of all new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars look set to be banned in 2035

Plans to ban the sales of hybrid cars by 2035 has been branded ‘a kick in the face’ for drivers.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday unveiled the goal of bringing forward plans to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by five years from 2040 to 2035, while also bringing hybrid vehicles into this ban.

Edmund King, president of motoring services firm, condemned the new plans. He said: “It is reminiscent of the dash for diesel in the 1990s and 2000s when we were told that diesels do better for CO2 as they get better miles per gallon, the Government gave incentives for diesel then there was a massive U-turn.

“Many people then felt disappointed as they felt that had done the right thing for the environment, so it is history repeating itself - people have bought hybrids in good faith. It really is a kick in the face for those people who thought they were doing a good thing.”

These concerns were echoed across the industry, with chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), Mike Hawes, saying: “It’s extremely concerning that government has seemingly moved the goalposts for consumers and industry on such a critical issue.

“Manufacturers are fully invested in a zero-emissions future, with some 60 plug-in models now on the market and 34 more coming in 2020.

“However, with current demand for this still expensive technology still just a fraction of sales, it’s clear that accelerating an already very challenging ambition will take more than industry investment.”

The plans come as hybrid vehicle popularity continues to rise in the UK. Latest SMMT data shows a 111.1 per cent rise in registrations of plug-in hybrid vehicles for January 2020 compared with the same month in 2019, while regular hybrid registrations jumped up 20.6 per cent.