British drivers reject Rishi Sunak’s 2030 petrol and diesel car ban

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British motorists have failed to back Rishi Sunak’s petrol and diesel car ban as interest in electric cars dwindles, according to new research.

It’s a blow to the Prime Minister who has continued to stick with the 2030 pledge to ban the sale of new combustion vehicles first introduced by Boris Johnson.

However, demand for electric cars has dramatically fallen with road users still concerned about costs.

A poll conducted by and the AA found that just 16 percent feel the Government was right to pursue the 2030 new car sales deadline.

The new survey found consumer confidence in electric cars has fallen with just nine percent of buyers saying their next vehicle would be an EV.

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Prices are one major issue with 87 percent of buyers believing the vehicles are too expensive to purchase.

AutoTrader data shows electric models are around 33 percent more expensive than petrol and diesel cars.

Edmund King OBE, AA President warned costs were “putting off” motorists from making the switch.

He has called on the Government and local authorities to continue offering incentives to draw people in.

He explained: “There is no doubt that the higher initial cost of EVs and charging difficulties, particularly for those without off-street parking, are putting off a significant proportion of drivers from being able to make the switch.

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“Financial incentives are needed to help ‘level up’ the affordability for those drivers not able to benefit from salary sacrifice or company car discounts.

“Once drivers are able to go electric they will enjoy the financial, driving and environmental benefits and will not look back.”

Many financial incentives introduced for EV owners are now also being scrapped with some councils now issuing fees for parking permits.

Meanwhile, the Chancellor has already confirmed electric owners will need to pay car tax from 2025.

Ian Plummer, commercial director at Auto Trader has also demanded the Government intervene to support motorists.

He commented: “Support from the tax system to put the used EV market on a more robust footing is vital for the sustainability of the entire EV market and our chances of successfully transitioning to EVs by 2030.

“Consumers are still worried about affordability and charging, which is why we need a clear statement of intent from the Government. Penalising drivers who have to charge in public with higher VAT is simply unfair: we need to end this charging injustice.”

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