The UK's Combustion-Engine Sales Ban Happening Even Sooner

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It's no longer planned for 2035.

Extreme muscle cars like the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 are already banned in Europe and the UK due to not meeting strict emissions regulations. France, for example, is also seeking to impose a new gas guzzler tax of up to 50,000 euros (just under $59,000 according to current exchange rates) on some high-powered vehicles such as the Lamborghini Urus, the Bentley Flying Spur, and Mercedes' AMG models. Other European cities intend to ban combustion-engined vehicles in their busy city centers completely.

And now the Financial Times reports that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will reveal a new plan that will see the ban of gasoline and diesel new vehicle sales starting in 2030. Originally, the UK planned to ban combustion-engined vehicles beginning only in 2040, a date that was later moved up by five years to 2035 last February.

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Although Johnson has yet to make another official announcement, sources are now claiming that will happen later this week in a speech regarding future environmental policy. The Prime Minister's office refused to comment on the report. The FT report, however, does claim the UK's new timetable will not include some hybrid and plug-in hybrids vehicles; they will supposedly be allowed to be sold until 2035.

If this report is accurate, then major automakers are not going to be pleased, mainly because their long-term electrification plans may not be able to make that deadline. The UK auto market is not something they can afford to ignore.

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But even within the UK at present, sales of new all-electric vehicles are only at around 5.5 percent. Meanwhile, gasoline and diesel-powered new vehicles account for almost 74 percent of new vehicle sales. Hybrids make up the difference. We'll know for sure the UK's plans in just a few days' time.

Back here in the US, two US states have issued their own combustion vehicle sales bans. At present, this list includes California and New Jersey but it's expected to grow. The federal government currently does not share these states' goals, but this could change come January 20, 2021 when the new Biden administration takes power.

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Source Credits: Financial Times

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