Government considers hiking ICE prices
The Government is considering proposals that would see the cost of new petrol and diesel cars, also known as internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, rise by up to £1,500.
The move would help subsidise electric vehicle purchases and encourage a faster move away from fossil fuels.
Other recommendations from the report include forcing all petrol stations to install electric car charge points, giving government bodies incentives to buy electric cars for their fleets, and rebranding existing government support for electric car charging as “free fuel”.
Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said to the Guardian, “We need positive measures, not those that penalise consumers who cannot yet afford the latest electric technology, do not have adequate charging facilities, or for whom driving requirements are not suited to electrification.
“To do otherwise could risk stalling fleet renewal and delaying environmental improvements by leaving them with no alternative but to keep their older vehicle for longer.”