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National Grid backs plan for earlier petrol and diesel ban

two years ago

National Grid would support the government bringing forward its 2040 ban on new petrol and diesel car sales by a decade.

The company, which runs the UK’s national electricity network and wants to buildsuperfast car charging points at motorway services, told MPs it could cope with the demands of an earlier surge in electric car numbers.

Graeme Cooper, the firm’s director of electric vehicles, told the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy select committee: “From Grid’s point of view, 2030 or 2040 is far enough out [to act].”

Asked if the company could handle the challenge of managing energy supplies if sales of fossil fuel-powered cars were banned in 2030, he said: “Absolutely, no problem at all.”

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