Carmakers say fossil-fuel vehicle ban will dent industry and stall sales

David Bailey, an automotive industry expert at Aston University, said two decades was plenty of time for carmakers to evolve. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Britain’s car industry has warned that the government’s proposed ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040 risks damaging the industry and stalling sales of new cars.

Mike Hawes, chief of executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders trade body, said that carmakers were working with ministers on the switch to electric cars but called for the government to use carrots rather than sticks.

“Outright bans risk undermining the current market for new cars and our sector, which supports over 800,000 jobs across the UK, so the industry instead wants a positive approach, which gives consumers incentives to purchase these cars.

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