A famous car manufacturer will stop producing gasoline and diesel engines despite only offering a single electric vehicle today.
The Italian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo has announced that it will only bring electric vehicles (EVs) onto the market from 2025.
From 2027, the entire product range in Europe will be electric.
There is currently only one “electrified” car on offer – the plug-in hybrid Tonale. The first all-electric Alfa is due to be unveiled next year and will likely be called the Brennero.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has now confirmed that the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be postponed to 20235.
But now Alfa Romeo, owned by the Italian-American conglomerate Stellantis, is ready to prematurely move away from gasoline and diesel-powered cars.
The Prime Minister postponed the ban on the sale of petrol and diesel for five years in a speech on Wednesday.
Mr Sunak said: “To give us more time to prepare, I am announcing today that we will facilitate the transition to electric vehicles.”
“You can still buy cars and vans with petrol and diesel engines until 2035.
“You can still buy and sell them used after that.”
The Prime Minister added that for now it should be the “consumer” to make the decision about whether to switch to an electric car.
On electric vehicles, he said: “I expect that by 2030 the vast majority of cars sold will be electric.”
“Why? Because the costs are falling, the range is increasing, the charging infrastructure is growing.”
“People are already choosing electric vehicles so much that we are registering a new vehicle every 60 seconds.
“But I also think that, at least for now, it’s you as a consumer who should make that decision, not the government forcing you to do it, because the upfront costs are still high, especially for families struggling with the cost of living.”
“Small businesses are worried about the practicalities. And we need to go a step further to really roll out charging infrastructure across the board, and we need to strengthen our own automotive industry so that we don’t have to rely on heavily subsidized carbon-intensive imports from countries like China.”
In a speech at Downing Street, he announced plans…
- DELAY of the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030 to 2035
- DELAYING the ban on gas boilers until 2035, with the poorest exempt from the switch entirely
- Increase cash grants for home boiler upgrades by 50 per cent to £7,500
- SCRAP proposed taxes on meat consumption
- SCRAP proposed taxes on flying
- SCRAP is a proposed ordinance that would force people to sort trash into seven different containers
- Reject a proposed mandate for mandatory car sharing when driving to work
- ENSURE new carbon budgets are properly funded
- LAUNCH a new energy infrastructure plan to make Britain independent