Drivers support petrol and diesel car ban by 2030 or earlier

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Polestar has published new research which found a strong driver demand for legislation towards a faster switch to electric cars. It showed that 34 percent of consumers are in favour of a ban on internal combustion engine (ICE) cars by 2030, a number that rises to 47 percent in a 2035 scenario. 

The new study also finds that three-quarters of those surveyed believe society needs to consume differently to preserve the climate and the environment for future generations.

The global study involved 18,000 participants in 19 markets across North America, Asia Pacific and Europe.

The UK Government is still planning on going forward with its ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030.

Second-hand cars will be unaffected by the ban, with petrol and diesel cars still being able to change hands on the used market after the cut-off date in 2030.

A similar ban affecting hybrid vehicle sales will take place in 2035, with fuel-powered motorbikes also potentially being outlawed then.

Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar, said: “As climate leaders meet this week in New York City, and with COP27 around the corner, it is clear there is climate meeting fatigue. 

“But companies and consumers can become the antidote to that. While we don’t write the policies, we have the power to act now and drive real change. 

“We have a responsibility, and it is up to us to send a signal and show we’re ready.”

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The European Union has also announced an effective ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2035 after a vote in June.

The European Council of Environmental Ministers agreed that by 2035, new cars placed on the EU’s market must be zero-emission vehicles. 

Similarly, at COP26 in 2021, a small number of automakers joined the “Glasgow Declaration on Zero Emission Cars and Vans”.

This is a commitment to phase out fossil fuel vehicles between 2035 and 2040.

Mr Ingenlath also argued that a global ban on ICE vehicles needs to come sooner than 2035.

He added: “With just 1.5 percent of the vehicles on the road being electric today, it is clear we are living in an EV bubble, not an EV boom. 

“This decade is the most critical we have ever faced when it comes to not overshooting the Paris Agreement.

“We need Governments to lead the charge with robust policies, both on infrastructure and addressing electricity prices so that drivers can confidently go electric, but more importantly, car makers must act now and not wait for policy changes.”

The Swedish electric performance car brand has been at the forefront of decarbonising vehicles.

The Polestar 0 project is the manufacturer’s bid to make a truly climate-neutral car by 2030, with the company calling it a “moonshot goal”.

It aims to remove all greenhouse gas emissions from the supply chain and end life, something which has been dubbed an “unprecedented challenge”.

It is said to involve innovative design, circular batteries, recycled materials as well as renewable energy throughout the supply chain.

Transport is currently the largest emitting sector of the UK economy, responsible for 27 percent of total UK greenhouse gas emissions.

It has been estimated that cars make up more than half of that percentage.

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