BP has thrown its weight behind calls to bring forward a ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars in the United Kingdom.

The oil giant said the ban “can, and should, be brought in sooner than 2040”, the current target. The government consulted this year on proposals to change that to 2035 or sooner and is preparing to publish its decision.

Bernard Looney, chief executive, said: “Whether that is 2035, 2032 or 2030, we are up for it — and importantly up for the measures and supporting policies to boost electrification and hydrogen in transport that would make it possible.”

BP already operates about 7,000 electric vehicle charging points in the UK and has said it plans to have installed more than 70,000



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