Top Gear host Rory Reid says 2030 petrol and diesel car ban is an ‘ambitious target’

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The Top Gear host warned pushing the changes back to its original 2040 date would put the topic on the “back burner”. He also warned the changes would always be a “surprise” no matter when the deadline was implemented as he backed the earlier date for implementation.

Speaking exclusively to, he said: “I don’t think it’s too early, I think we need an ambitious target set in order to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles.

“If it’s as early as 2030 I think that will only encourage manufacturers to get a move on and start developing the types of vehicles people want and the types of vehicles that fit our needs.

“It will encourage the entire industry and government around the world to start rolling out the types of infrastructure that will make this possible.

“If we kept putting it off until 2035 or 2040 or 2050 it’s one of those things the industry would just push to the back burner.

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“It would always end up being a bit of a surprise to us as the deadline approached.”

His comments come just days after new data from Rivervale Leasing found how UK drivers were unaware of the situation surrounding electric cars.

Almost half of road users say petrol and diesel cars are cheaper to run than electric models despite costs often being higher.

A total of 64 percent of drivers think we have fewer than 20,000 UK charging points despite actual figures being slightly higher.

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Only three percent of drivers know how long an electric car battery lasts for with two in five saying electric car ranges have not improved over the past five years.

Rivervale found 37 percent would not buy eclectic cars as they were too expensive to purchase.

Up to 18 percent said limited charging points were to blame for them not switching with 15 percent saying this was down to poor vehicle range.

However, fresh data from Cornwall Insight revealed the number of charging stations for each electric car has fallen to its lowest level in two years.

There are just 0.28 points for each electric car in the UK as sales rise faster than new infrastructure.

There were almost nine chargers for each car at the start of 2018 raising concerns about whether the UK can cope with demand.

There are sometimes more than 22 cars for each charging station in rural areas such as the East of England and the South West.

Speaking to, Mr Reid admits the 2030 target is “fairly ambitious” and would be “difficult to meet”.

He said: “Having 2030 as the target is fairly ambitious and we are going to find it difficult to meet that target.

“But I do think you need an ambitious target in order to get things done and I think that’s the case here.”

The new 2030 petrol and diesel car ban was announced as part of Boris Johnson’s 10-point plan for a “green industrial revolution”.

The policy will see drivers unable to purchase brand new petrol and diesel cars in a desperate move to encourage drivers towards electric vehicles

Grants will continue to be offered in a bid to encourage take-up with further investment on electric infrastructure also set to be offered.

However, the second-hand car market will not be affected by the changes while some hybrid cars will also still be allowed on the roads.

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