Stop petrol and diesel cars, Great Britain thinks again

As is known, Europe has chosen to stop the production and registration of cars with combustion engines starting from 2035, without prejudice to further revaluations starting from 2026. Great Britainunder the government of the former Prime Minister Boris Johnsonhas even decided to bring forward the date of the ban to 2030. Now, however, across the Channel they have realized that they have anticipated the times too much, given the social and economic impact that the electricity revolution could have, and are aiming to realign themselves with the rest of Europe by postponing to 2035. He announced it Rishi Sunakcurrent Prime Minister.

The doubts

A step backwards, it is appropriate to say, resulting from the doubts of consumers and operators in the sector, according to which the impact would be difficult to manage in such a short period of time. It is also another step by the British executive to try to soften previous commitments on the climate, aimed at achieving net zero emissions by 2050. In view of the general elections scheduled for next year, the prime minister has in fact been subjected to various pressures especially from conservative MPs.

According to Sunak, the postponement of the ban on selling combustion engines “is in line with the rules in France and Germany”, and “facilitating the transition to electric cars will give us more time to prepare”. Motorists will also be able to continue purchasing used petrol or diesel cars without time limits.

The rethinking of the British gives new life to those who consider it impossible to achieve the objective for Europe, foreshadowing that even the 2035 limit imposed by the EU will inevitably be adjusted moving forward.


“We need a different approach that is pragmatic, proportionate and realistic,” said the Prime Minister of Indian origin, declaring that he wanted to protect “British families from unacceptable costs”. The commitment to achieve zero emissions by 2050 remains unchanged, Sunak assured, but it must be done in “a better and fairer way”. The UK maintains an ambitious target to reduce emissions by 68% by 2030 and is the only advanced economy to have set itself a target of reducing emissions by 77% by 2035.

Boilers and other measures

Sunak also postponed the introduction of mandatory replacements indefinitely gas boilers pollutants with heat pumps because they are still “too expensive for the average British family”. Furthermore, homeowners will not have the obligation to carry out work thermal insulation.