The United Kingdom announced on February 4 that by 2035 it will ban the sale of new gas and diesel cars. The country had 2040 as the previous target but revised the year due to climate change.

Britain is currently planning for its climate summit, COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland. The country has already planned to hit carbon neutral by 2050. In a lead up to the conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke about climate, saying the world had seen, “a catastrophic period of global addiction to hydrocarbons that got totally out of control.”

Environmental groups say the goal is still not ambitious enough to meet climate targets. Rebecca Newsom, head of politics at Greenpeace U.K., said, “Phasing out the internal combustion engine faster is an important piece of the puzzle. However, pushing the date later than 2030 would vastly reduce the chances of meeting our climate targets, and the potential to deliver thousands of electric vehicle manufacturing jobs.”

The goal is relatively ambitious compared to the rest of the world. France’s target is 2040 and Norway, a country that has used electric cars for years has a goal to eliminate gas and diesel cars by 2025. Norway will still allow hybrid cars. Britain’s ban does include hybrid cars.

Read more about electric cars in One Green Planet, including the United States’ first electric gas station in Maryland and Paris’ plan to phase out gas and diesel cars.

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