"Electric cars have a very long way to go" – Readers comment on Boris Johnson’s agenda to ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2035

Readers agree that the price of cleaner vehicles should come down but challenge Boris Johnson’s plan saying ‘it won’t work’.

Thursday, 6th February 2020, 3:52 pm
Updated Friday, 7th February 2020, 4:33 pm
"Electric cars have a very long way to go" – Readers comment on Boris Johnson’s agenda to ban new petrol and diesel by 2035 Picture: Pixabay

Boris Johnson has said a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK will be brought forward to 2035.

We asked in our Facebook poll: “Do you think the cost of cleaner vehicles needs to come down to encourage drivers to make the switch?”

More than 1,000 readers took part in the online vote, with 86% saying ‘yes’ the cost cleaner vehicles needs to be reduced to encourage more drivers to use them.

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Damien J Egan said: “Electric cars have a very very long way to go before they should even consider banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars.”

Kieth Maddison said: “Electric or hydrogen cell cars are too expensive for the general population.

“So I think Boris’ plan will not work. It's one of the greatest things a working person has.”

Geoff Kay said: “The amount of wood burnt in these biomass plants is frightening.

“Seen it first hand when I worked at the Cramlington plant. That’s not cleaner.”

Eddie Hall said: “What will happen when everyone gets home from work and plugs in there cars, the grid would go in to melt down.”

Thomas Beattie said: “Do electric cars reduce our carbon footprint as much as we think?

“Think about the batteries are very harmful. Also no one says where all of the new electricity comes from.”