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20/11/2020 10:01 AM  #1

Shift to electric cars will need 'Herculean' effort, says industry

Shift to electric cars will need 'Herculean' effort, says industry

It will take a "Herculean effort" to prepare the UK for a ban on sales of new diesel and petrol car sales by 2030,
industry groups have said.

The goal, which revises the government's original target by 10 years, is part of a wider plan to make the UK
carbon neutral by 2050.

The RAC said the UK's charging network would need to grow "exponentially" to cope as electric vehicle sales

Trade body the SMMT urged better incentives to cut the costs of cars.

However, most welcomed the ban, with AA president Edmund King saying: "With considerable investment and
focus, the electric revolution could flourish".

Plans for a ban on the sale of traditional petrol and diesel cars were first announced in 2017, as part of a
strategy to clean up city air. It was meant to take effect in 2040.

In February, that target was brought forward to 2035, as the government sought to burnish its environmental
credentials ahead of a now-postponed UN climate summit in Glasgow.

Now the target has been revised again - although some hybrids - which can propel themselves on battery power
alone - will have a stay of execution"

Cost challenges
Meeting the 2030 deadline will be a challenge for the car industry. In 2019, there were 2.3 million new cars
registered in Britain, but only 37,850 were battery powered - or 1.6%.

Sales have risen rapidly this year, partly due to strict new emissions rules in the EU which have forced
manufacturers to invest billions in new zero-emission models.

As a result electric cars have become better, but they remain expensive to make and rely heavily on incentives to

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