SMMT: Don’t ban hybrids and low emission vehicles

The SMMT considers hybrids, along with low-emission combustion engines, as “important stepping stone” to zero emissions (Photo: Volvo)

The SMMT released its UK passenger car registration figures for January shortly after the government announced its ambition to end the sale of all vehicles with an internal combustion engine, including HEVs and PHEVs, by 2035. In response to the announcement, the SMMT calls for caution. It points out that hybrids and plug-in hybrids are zero-emission capable, and therefore views both as vehicles not only bringing “significant environmental benefits today,” but also an “important stepping stone in helping motorists make the switch to a zero-emission vehicle.”

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