The UK’s planned ban on sales of new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars could start as early as 2032, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said.
Last week, the government sparked industry concern after bringing the date forward from 2040 to 2035 in a bid to hit zero-carbon emission targets.
But Mr Shapps told BBC Radio 5 live it would happen by 2035, “or even 2032,” adding there would be consultation. The SMMT car trade body had previously said the 2035 figure was “concerning”.
The government is setting out its proposals in the run-up to a United Nations climate summit in November.
The summit, known as COP26, is being hosted in Glasgow. It is an annual UN-led gathering set up to assess progress on tackling climate change.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who announced the 2035 date, said at the time that the ban would come even earlier if possible.