Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has hit back at the Government's plans to ban petrol and diesel cars from 2040, saying they lack the integrity needed to have a positive impact.
There still remains some confusion within the car industry as to whether the ban will affect all combustion engine vehicle types or exclude hybrids. While Autocar has been informed that hybrids will be legal post-2040, Palmer told Autocar that, either way, these plans are either disastrous or pointless.
He said a worst-case scenario of a full ban would put businesses like his and the jobs they bring at risk, stating: “It’s not thinking about the consequential effects to the 800,000 people in our industry. It’s not taking into account the impact on things like petrol station garages and the [Ford employees] who have been making engines in Bridgend.”
Palmer said car makers “would be forced to stop building our own engines” and have to go to places like Japan, China and Korea for battery technology, “where they’ve been working on it with government aid for years”. This, he added, would waste large amounts of investment in clean engine technology and harm one of Britain’s strongest industries.
Conversely, if comments from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs made to Autocar earlier today that suggested the ban would exclude hybrid cars are accurate, Palmer thinks the new legislation would have no affect on future trends anyway.
“In 2040 there won’t be a pure combustion car, because hybridisation and plug-in hybridisation will be there with room to spare,” he said. “I genuinely believe plug-in hybrids will represent 40% of the mix even by 2030, so this 2040 ban would be late.”