Ban petrol and diesel in 2025: Sir Richard Branson has called on the UK government to fast-track its ban on combustion engine cars Sir Richard Branson has called for the government to fast-track its plans to banish the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2040, suggesting the deadline should be brought forward to 2025. The Virgin magnate, who sponsors a team in the electric Formula E championship, said the UK should follow in the footsteps of other European nations by culling combustion engines in seven year’s time. And a separate report released this week says the best time to make the move to a plug-in vehicle is two years earlier. The sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned in the UK from 2040 under government proposals to tackle air pollution. However, Mr Branson says the restriction should come much sooner and sit in line with other European nations, such as the Netherlands and Norway. The Virgin boss told BBC Newsbeat: ‘I honestly think that we’ve got to bring everything forward because there are concerns that we could actually have sea levels rising by over 100ft if we lose a big chunk of the Antarctic. ‘Therefore… Read full this story
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