Sir Richard Branson: Petrol/diesel car ban deadline in UK should be 2025

Sir Richard Branson: Petrol/diesel car ban deadline in UK should be 2025

In a recent statement, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson has said that the deadline for a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles in the UK should be brought forward from 2040 to 2025.

Sir Branson’s statement has come against the backdrop of a July 2017 announcement by the UK government that the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles in the country will be banned with effect from 2040.

Branson, the owner of DS Virgin Racing team in the Formula E motorsport, has said that UK’s move to bring forward the deadline for the ban to 2025 will be in line with a similar ban deadline proposed by some other European countries like Norway and the Netherlands.

Branson highlighted the fact that “every month the technology is getting better and better.” Moreover, with Formula E being a pioneer of new technologies for electric cars, Sir Richard said that Formula E teams are “pushing for improvements in battery technology” because battery-driven cars will hopefully have the ability to go “a few hundred miles rather than maybe 150 or 200.”

Further, drawing attention to the concerns that sea levels in the UK could rise by “over 100ft” if a huge chunk of the Antarctic is lost, Sir Richard said: “We’ve got to move the process of moving to clean energy quicker than most governments around the world are doing.”