Telegraph readers on the petrol and diesel ban: 'This is a vote loser'

The sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned within a decade

Boris Johnson announced that the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be brought forward by a decade this week, as part of the Government’s £12bn green industrial strategy. 

The ban will come into effect in 2030 while those wanting to buy a hybrid car have until 2035. 

As many as 52 per cent of motorists are considering switching to an electric vehicle according to a snap poll from comparison site Carwow. Yet many remain unconvinced. 

Telegraph readers have had their say on the diesel and petrol car ban and have shared their experiences with electric cars. Share your own opinion in the comments section at the bottom of the article. 

‘This seems to be more of a vote loser than a winner’ 

@P D Paddon:

“At the moment, this seems to be more of a vote loser than winner. The new car market will stagnate until electric cars become more affordable, charging infrastructure vastly improves and range of cars in all weather conditions  is a minimum of 250 miles.”

‘People will keep cars on the road if they have no choice’

@Beverley Spooner

“My car is almost 30 years old and still going strong, I have had it from almost new.  This shows how long you can keep a car on the road, and people will keep cars on the road if they have no choice.  

“We will be like Cuba if he keeps this up.  Destroying the economy and no longer able to purchase cars.  

“Cars bought in 2030 just before the ban could quite possibly be still on the road 20 years later.”

‘People will wonder why we took so long to phase out petrol and diesel’

@Alan Norris

“In 20 years time people will wonder why we took so long to phase out petroleum and diesel. 

“The pollution impact on people’s health is dreadful. Asthma, bronchitis, and child development costs. It’s the best news this year.”

‘Who is going to pay for the infrastructure?’

@Carpe Jugulum:

“Has Boris ever set foot on a local authority housing estate? There are several in my town that do not have car parking spaces associated with individual houses. 

“How are those residents supposed to charge their cars without the cables being pulled out 'for fun'? Much less who is going to pay for the infrastructure.”

'Sort out the infrastructure needed'

@A C H Melchett:

"Well best you pull your finger out and sort out the infrastructure needed to put this all in place then. 

"Otherwise, come 2028/9, you'll see a surge in people buying new petrol and diesel cars and looking to keep them for as long as possible, somewhat defeating the object of your plans." 

'For most people there isn't an alternative'

@Andrew Babb:

"What is the point of banning diesel and petrol vehicles when for most people there isn't an alternative?

"Public transport is a non starter across much of the country and electric vehicles are prohibitively expensive or just not suitable due to range or access to charging points.

"I just can't see the logic of setting a date for the banning of internal combustion engines when it's a change that should be market led."

'I have no intention of buying an electric car I can't plug in' 

@Martin Parsons:

"Nine years ago I purchased a second hand, three-year-old BMW M Sport (petrol). 

"As I'm retired and do very few miles, I have no intention of spending £30,00 on a electric car that I can't plug in as I live In a first floor flat.

"My car is still very good and no reason to change it anyway."

'I'll never buy another petrol or diesel car again'

@John Hardy:

"I have been driving an Ampera, with a 40-mile pure electric range, since 2013 and I do almost all my driving with the petrol engine off in pure EV mode.

"I'll never buy another petrol or diesel car again."

'Our EV has more than enough range for the vast majority of journeys'

@Richard Packer:

"I'm happy with my EV.  Yes it requires some adjustments to our lifestyle, but nothing we can't cope with. 

"Our EV has more than enough range to do the vast majority of journeys we typically do.  It's occasionally inconvenient to have to plan longer journeys round charging points, there are plenty available and umpteen apps to help find one, but it's manageable. 

"Of course, there's always the train, shock horror – you don't actually have to drive everywhere, or if all else fails we can hire a conventional car."  

'I would expect new oil driven cars to be rare in developed countries by the end of the decade'

@Philip Hutchinson:

"At present electric cars are ridiculously expensive costing about 30 per cent more than the petrol equivalent even after the government subsidy, The range problem is slowly being fixed. However over time they will replace petrol and diesel cars because their emissions are concentrated where the electricity is generated and hence are easier to manage.

"They are better to drive as they deliver max torque at zero speed. They are quiet. They are much simpler to manufacture. They require much less maintenance and are intrinsically more reliable. They are also easier to automate into autonomous vehicles.

"It will take a while but I would expect new oil driven cars to be rare in developed countries by the end of this decade. The geopolitical consequences of the reduced demand for oil will be profound." 

‘It’s a nonsense virtue signalling policy’ 

@Christian I'Anson

"It’s a nonsense, virtue signalling policy which will be back-tracked on.

"Meanwhile, those of us living in the Red Wall seats await policies that will help our lives."

‘A lot can change between then and now’ 

@Marjan Kuyken

"It's 10 years away. A lot can change between then and now. I'm not convinced by electric cars at the moment but I'll wait and see."

'I will never go full electric'

@Peter Hogg:

"I drive a Honda hybrid which is excellent. I would never go full electric! We haven't got the infrastructure for it.

"Most of the marketing by the major manufacturers is for hybrid at the moment."

Now it's your turn. Have your say on the ban on new diesel and petrol cars in the comments section below