‘Very encouraging’: Electric car growth to help lead UK to net-zero emissions by 2050

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The Government is still planning on banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. This comes as the UK is set to COP26, one of the largest climate change conferences is set to begin in November in Glasgow.

Speaking on Sky News, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng, spoke of the role electric cars will have in reducing emissions.

He said: “It is not something that will happen overnight, it’s a gradual process.

“If you take up an electric vehicle now, it’s considerably cheaper than it was a few years ago.

“We’re trying to roll out charging points and we’re trying to affect that transition.

“If I look at the range of policies that we’ve introduced and that were looking to achieve, I think the electric vehicle rollout is something very encouraging. 

“The way in which electric vehicles have been taken up, we started pretty much from a standing start five years ago.

“There are thousands of these vehicles now on the road, and I think it’s going to ramp up exponentially.

“We need to make sure that we get the infrastructure right.

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He continued by commenting on the growing investment in electric vehicles in the UK.

He said: “Electric vehicles have been invested in by lots of people manufacturing them.

“I speak to car manufacturers all the time and they are very much focused on electric vehicles and that’s what people seem to be on the market for.

Currently, the UK Government receives around £20billion each year from fuel duty, something which may be difficult to replicate once the UK switches to electric cars.

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