With a lot to prove in terms of raising his environmental credentials, the prime minister has announced that the sale of petrol, diesel and even hybrid cars will cease earlier than expected - in 2035. He had previously said it would be 2040 but, a little unexpectedly, he has brought this forward by five years - subject to a consultation.
Boris Johnson has said that 2020 will be a 'defining year of climate action' so we anticipate further announcements or initiatives in March's Budget - and throughout the year - to continue this theme. His plans are also well supported by Sir David Attenborough and other global environmental campaigners.
So what does that mean for us? From 2035 it will no longer be possible to buy conventional cars (defined as having an internal combustion engine) so we expect that there will be incentives to start moving towards electric cars fairly soon. And, most likely, we would imagine there will be disincentives to buy them in the meantime.
In Norway, the Oslo government makes driving an electric vehicle very attractive by allowing them in bus lanes, with lower tax breaks and the charging infrastructure in place to make it easy and stress-free to adopt. By creating a series of 'no-brainer' reasons to switch, the Scandinavian country is streets ahead of the rest of the world in terms of emissions and its green policies.
Boris Johnson is declaring a zero emissions policy by 2050 which can only be achieved with the complete absence of conventional cars - so watch this space!
If you'd like to talk about the tax benefits and other financial rewards of switching to a greener mode of transport, talk to us and we'll be able to help.