New petrol and diesel cars banned from sale from 2030 in government’s green plan

UK sales of new petrol and diesel cars will stop in 2030 for good, the government has announced.

The ban was initially due to kick in from for 2040 but has been moved forward by a decade as part of Boris Johnson's ten-point plan to tackle climate change.

Other green aims include producing enough offshore wind to power every home, heating an entire town with hydrogen and developing the next generation of small and advanced nuclear reactors.

Fewer than 1% of cars on UK roads are currently powered exclusively by electricity, so huge investment will be needed in the infrastructure for electric vehicles to make the prime minister's 2030 target possible.

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President of the Automobile Association, Edmund King, told Sky News only about 6% of local authorities have on-street charging facilities installed in residential areas.

Which made the ten year plan "optimistic", King commented, unless the government commits to developing the right infrastructure.

Mr King said: "Everyone wants to move to electric vehicles but you can't just pick a date out of the air. We need better infrastructure particularly for the third of people who can't charge at home.

"We also need a better supply of cars and they need to be affordable."

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The prime minister claims that his plan for a green industrial revolution will create and support up to 250,000 British jobs.

The government says it will spend £12bn on the plan but analysts told Sky News only £4bn of that is new money.

£1.3bn will be spent on speeding up the roll-out of charge points for electric vehicles in homes, streets and on motorways across England.

Some £582m will help people afford zero or ultra-low emission vehicles and nearly £500m will be spent over the next four years to develop and mass produce electric vehicle batteries.

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The prime minister said: "Our green industrial revolution will be powered by the wind turbines of Scotland and the North East, propelled by the electric vehicles made in the Midlands and advanced by the latest technologies developed in Wales, so we can look ahead to a more prosperous, greener future."

And Business Secretary Alok Sharma explained the UK is a leader in green growth, having cut the country's emissions by 43% since 1990.

Also in the ten-point plan is to make walking and cycling more attractive, to build greener planes and ships, make buildings more energy efficient and protect woodland.

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