Richard Branson: Ban On Petrol and Diesel-Fuelled Cars Should Be Brought Forward to 2025

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A new pioneer of electric cars, Richard Branson, has said that the ban on diesel and petrol vehicles should be brought forward to 2025 from the original plan of 2040.

Talking at a Formula E event, the tycoon said that the United Kingdom should follow in the paths of environmentally friendly nations such as the Netherlands and Norway, who have a 2025 ban that is already in place.

He stated: “I honestly think that we’ve got to bring everything forward because there are concerns that we could actually have sea levels rising by over 100ft if we lose a big chunk of the Antarctic.

He continued: “Therefore we’ve got to move the process of moving to clean energy quicker than most governments around the world are doing.”

Last year, the government revealed a ban on the sale of all new diesel and petrol-fuelled vehicles from 2040 in an attempt to take on air pollution.

Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, announced the said plan, which would also forbid the sale of new hybrid vehicles – which are powered by a combination of fossil fuels and electric battery– in an effort that mirrored the automotive policy of French President Emmanuel Macron, which is also aiming to phase out all vehicles that are powered by fossil fuels.

However, recently, some studies have suggested that while people in the United Kingdom are slowly welcoming the idea of electric vehicles, there were still a number of negative perceptions about moving away from the traditional diesel and petrol-fuelled cars.

A report that was published by Close Brothers Motor Finance said that Britain Under the Bonnet discovered that 46 percent of drivers said that there should be significant improvements to the technology before they could be won round, with long charging times mentioned as one of the major issues.

A report that was released by Confused.com discovered that over half of the drivers in London said that they were put off by the cost of electric vehicles. The Model S hatchback of Tesla costs up to £127,000 while the Renault Zoe is worth £20,670.

The report similarly discovered that charging was a put-off since a full charge will take the same amount of times as making 222 cups of tea.