Sales of new diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned from 2040, the government is to announce. The supply of new hybrid vehicles that have an electric motor and a petrol or diesel engine will also end in a move that comes after a similar pledge this month by President Macron of France.
Less than 1 per cent of new cars sold in Britain run solely on electric power.
The ban is part of a government plan to improve air quality. It includes £255 million to help local authorities to deal with toxic nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from diesel vehicles.