Petrol and diesel car ban could see poorer drivers ‘excluded’ from owning cars due to cost

Petrol and diesel car bans could “restrict” market choice which could result in poorer drivers completely ”excluded” from the road. The damning verdict comes from several car makers who have all submitted their fears about the new proposals to ministers.

Another carmaker with a UK manufacturing base warned the changes could ”prevent” the government from achieving its agenda by shutting the door in the face of poor drives.

They warned: “Restricting customer choice to expensive electric vehicles would result in less affluent customers being excluded from mobility, preventing the government from achieving its levelling up agenda.”

According to EDF Energy, one of the cheapest electric cars on the market is the New Renault ZOE which is still valued at £25,000.

The Nissan LEAF is another popular electric runaround but upfront cost can rise to over £26,000 for the vehicle.

If you need extra interior space for a family, saloon models can increase to almost £30,000 in a major price tag for many.

SMMT data for June has shown electric car sales have soared with an increase of 261.8 percent compared to last year.

Almost 9,000 fully electric models were sold in last month compared with just 2,461 in 2019 as interest has risen.

However this is still a fraction of the traditional car market with 89,896 petrol cars and 23,0900 diesel models sold over the same period.

Just days ago, the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association warned the ban could be a near impossible target for many firms.

They warned the transition would be a “huge undertaking” and warned the government needed to give “consideration” to measures that would help drive uptake of electric vehicles.

They warned supply measures needed to be considered to ensure vehicles were affordable while infrastructure also needed to be worked on.

Gerry Keaney, Chief executive of the BVRLA also warned that “zero emission vehicle mandates” were not the only answer to the issue of getting more electric cars on the road.

He said: “The Government is about to set road users some very ambitious and expensive targets for decarbonising their fleets.

“BVRLA members are up for the challenge, but [the] Government needs to show similar ambition and investment in providing a supportive policy environment and an effective tax and incentive regime.”

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