Car owners have been told that they will be using electric vehicles (EVs) sooner than they think, as petrol and diesel motors could be banned as soon as 2032.

A report by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has recommended the government target all new cars to be zero emission within the next 14 years.

This is to help Britain achieve its intentions for zero emission cars by 2040, which are too “ambitious” without this strategy in place.

MP Rachel Reeves, chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, said electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular.

However, she noted: “For all the rhetoric of the UK becoming a world leader in EVs, the reality is that the government’s deeds do not match the ambitions of their words.”

Ms Reeves added that the current EV charging infrastructure is “not fit for purpose”, as consumers would naturally be concerned about failing to find charging points to refuel their vehicles.

Therefore, she urged the government to improve its financial support and technological understanding to help local authorities promote charging stations, which would make EVs an “attractive option for consumers”.

More drivers might be tempted to swap their older cars for EVs due to the increasing cost of fuel. The AA recently reported how the average price of petrol has climbed by 1.8p per litre, while diesel prices have risen by 2p per litre over the last month.

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