Tesla manufactures electric cars solely on a voluntary basis, although many traditional automakers give the impression that they are only compelled to do so by lower-emission regulation guidelines. For example, VW CEO Herbert Diess recently stated that the high number of electric cars in the market in 2030 would depend on EU limit value decisions.

But increasingly it looks as if the politicians leave the manufacturers no choice but to go on the Tesla course: the UK simply wants to ban new sales of pure combustion engines from 2030, and new rules are planned in the EU that only include Electric cars can be adhered to.

British course on electric vehicles by 2030

If Boris Johnson’s British Conservative Party has his way, petrol and diesel cars will be banned from UK roads before the end of the decade. The planned sales ban for petrol and diesel cars in the United Kingdom is expected to be brought forward by five years when new climate change initiatives are announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson later this week.

This would see the sale of new internal combustion engine vehicles banned from 2030 in the United Kingdom, promoting an electric car boom that it believes will support a net-zero emissions target by 2050.

The news comes from the Financial Times, which also reports that hybrid cars will be exempt from the latest changes by UK government ministers and will remain tied to the original 2035 ban, five years behind ICE vehicles.

In a market that currently moves about 2.3 m new cars a year, this equates to a little over 110,000 cars. EV sales would however need to increase to about 2.1 million units a year within the decade if the legislation were to pass into law.