UK announces ban on new petrol and diesel cars by 2030

Date Posted 25th November 2020
Read Time 3 min read

A blanket UK ban on the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars has been brought forward to 2030.

Initially targeted for 2040, the Government ruling was rescheduled for 2035 in February this year. 

But last week Boris Johnson announced the introduction of restrictions for 2030 – a decade sooner than originally planned. 

The move to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars is to encourage people to choose all-electric vehicles sooner rather than later in the UK’s attempt to become greener. 

Vauxhall Corsa-e

It’s also instrumental in the Government’s aim to reduce greenhouse gases to net-zero by 2050. 

Electric cars currently only make up 7% of those on the road. But despite the small number, the demand has doubled over the last year with more manufacturers focusing their efforts on adding to their electric range. 

From the Vauxhall Corsa, Mini Cooper and Honda-e, to the BMW iX3, Jaguar I-Pace and even the Ford Transit van, there’s now a huge range of all-electric options available to choose from. 

And with the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz promising to add significantly to their electric line up in the next few years, and giants such as Ford also testing the waters in battery-powered motoring, it’s likely there’ll soon be as many electric cars to choose from as internal combustion. 

Are electric cars expensive? 

A big stumbling block for many is the price of choosing electric. Yes, it’s cheaper to run – a lot cheaper, in fact – but the initial chunky price tags are quite off-putting.

But they don’t have to be. 

As electric cars are predicted to hold their value well, they’re great vehicles to lease.

And to show you just how great, we’ve highlighted some of the best all-electric car and van deals we offer below.

VW e-Golf
Smart ForTwo
Renault Kangoo
Hyundai Kona
Nissan Leaf

Can I still lease petrol or diesel?

Yes, right now, you can still lease new petrol or diesel cars. 

Even after 2030, you’ll still be able to get behind the wheel of a used petrol or diesel car. You just won’t be able to buy or lease new. 

But that’s not such a bad thing. There’s no doubting electric motoring is the way we’re heading, but that doesn’t take away the advantages of shopping used petrol or diesel. 

For example, you can usually save thousands on the full list price of a vehicle after it’s had another owner. 

And because all our vehicles come comprehensively checked by manufacturer-trained technicians, you can still enjoy high-quality motoring without the brand-new price tag. 

Don’t believe us? Take a look at our Approved Used section below.  

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