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The UK government will ban new petrol and diesel-powered cars from being sold after 2030, as Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson attempts to position the UK as a world leader in the fight against climate change.

A New Target

The original target for phasing out new petrol and diesel-powered cars was 2040. This target was revised following pressure last year from the Parliamentary Committee for Energy and Climate Change, as well as the Parliamentary Business Committee, who were united in advising the government to bring the ban forward.

In what came as a shock to most, the Prime Minister decided to include Hybrid and Plug-In vehicles in the ban. This will mean popular cars like the Toyota Prius will no longer be available.

The Future is Electric

At the end of 2019, there were over 250,000 plug-in cars registered in the UK. The electric car industry is booming. Around a quarter of a million more electric cars were registered in the UK at the end of 2020, and over a million electric vehicles were sold across Europe as a whole.

Investment in Solid-State Battery research is well into the £billions, and with fossil-fueled engines looking more and more redundant, the future looks rosy for electricians and renewable energy providers!

The electrical industry will be on a recruitment drive to reach the government’s emissions targets, with the ‘Road to Zero’ strategy mandating net-zero by 2050. Skilled tradespeople, engineers, and other specialists will be required in every corner of the UK.

To find out more about the opportunities afforded by the Green Boom, get in touch with Eco Green today. We’re offering professional, reliable and eco-conscious energy services to businesses across Hertfordshire and the South East.

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