Government to ban new petrol and diesel car sales in 2030

In a column written by Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the Financial Times, the widely anticipated move to electric vehicles has been confirmed – although it wasn't quite the same as what was expected.

Johnson wrote that the government will "invest more than £2.8 billion in electric vehicles, lacing the land with charging points and creating long-lasting batteries in UK gigafactories. This will allow us to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans in 2030.". This is a full decade earlier than the 2040 date that had originally been set out as part of the UK government's 10-point plan to be carbon neutral by 2050.

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5-Year Extension for Hybrid Sales

While pure combustion-engined car sales in the UK are to be outlawed by 2030, Hybrid models will have a longer sales window.

Sales of certain Hybrid vehicles will be allowed to continue until 2035 with the somewhat vague statement of "hybrid cars and vans that can drive a significant distance when no carbon is coming out of the tailpipe will be allowed to be sold until 2035 " currently being used.

The Department for Transport has said that what constitutes a "significant distance" will be defined through further consultation, although it's expected that the regulations will allow plug-in hybrid variants, but not regular hybrid powertrains.

There are currently more than 30,000 points currently in the UK in over 11,000 locations. Around 10,000 charge points were added in 2019 alone.

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The days when your only options were just a petrol or diesel engine are gone forever. With Mild Hybrid, Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid, and All-Electric Vehicles, you're spoiled for choice. You can learn about these 'AFV' or 'alternative fuel vehicles' on this page.

We are dedicated to cleaner air for our local communities and the global environment and so have some great deals on Hybrid and Electric vehicles across our Ford, Kia and Mazda brands.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What government grants exist for Plug-in Hybrid and All-Electric vehicles?

You can get a discount on the price of new low-emission vehicles through a government grant given to dealerships and manufacturers. You do not need to do anything – if you want to purchase one of these vehicles, then Allen Ford, Essex Ford or SMC Ford will include the grant value in the vehicle's price. The maximum grant available for cars is £2,500 costing £35,000 or less. The grant's value depends on the type of vehicle. Not all low-emission vehicles are eligible for a grant. Only vehicles that have been approved by the British government qualify for a grant.

The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides a British government grant of up to 75% of the cost of installing an electric vehicle chargepoint at a domestic property in the United Kingdom. According to the government, from 1st July 2019, the EVHS will only support smart chargepoints as announced in December 2018. You should refer to the minimum technical specification and installer guidance for details of this change.

The On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) gives government funding for local authorities towards the cost of installing residential chargepoints on the street for Plug-in Hybrid and All-Electric vehicles.

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) provides financial support towards the costs of installing electric vehicle chargepoints for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.

Where is my nearest public charging point?

The location of your nearest public charging point can be seen on Zap-Map is a UK-wide map of charging points which helps Plug-in Hybrid and All-Electric vehicle drivers find available charge points.

Among the many charging point networks is IONITY. IONITY is a joint venture between Ford, BMW Group, Daimler and the Volkswagen Group. Together, they are building a reliable, high-powered, fast-charging network to help you make longer journeys with less time spent charging. IONITY will offer drivers of All-Electric Ford models market-leading charging speeds at a discounted price.

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