Manufacturers could be left with many electric vehicles which they wouldn’t be able to sell if a proposed petrol and diesel ban fails to come into effect, said Mr Needell. The former Formula 1 driver warned the UK could “kill ourselves financially’ for the good gesture of introducing electric technology. Referencing the planned petrol and diesel car ban, Mr Needell told Express.co.uk: “Will it come into effect, who knows. I mean it’s a bit of a mess at the moment.
The government is committed to meeting their zero-carbon target by 2050 and have launched a range of measures to fast-track the take-up of electric vehicles.
Boris Johnson has said new petrol and diesel cars could be banned from UK roads by 2035 with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps admitting this could be moved forearm to 2032.
Changes to car tax are set to be introduced in April which will also make electric vehicles genuinely affordable for company car owners.
Mr Shapps has also confirmed the government was putting £1.5billion into boosting infrastructure across the UK after concerns were raised over the number of charging stations.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, motoring expert Mr Needell warned the UK could kill itself financially installing the technology.
He called upon other regions to incorporate electric technology and to not leave the UK as the frontrunner in the transition.
He said: “We’ve got to make the charting points, it’s going to cost us so much money.
“It’s a very noble gesture that we are trying to show the rest of the world but we only produce one percent of the global CO2.
“If India, China and America aren’t bothering we are going to kill ourselves financially just for a good gesture.”
According to Inside EV, a total of 93,461 electric cars were sold across the United States in 2019, down on 126,562 in 2018.
SMMT data revealed electric car sales soared in the UK by 144 percent in 2019 but just over 30,000 were sold.
Local councils across the UK are implementing car bans and Clean Air Zones as a result of growing pressure over emissions.
The government’s zero-carbon target has hit owners of hybrid models which do not comply with many area’s tough limits.
Mr Needle feels hybrid vehicles should not be instantly barred from the roads and could be developed as a transition to electric models.
He said: “I think it’s a shame they seem to have put hybrids into the same bracket as petrol and diesel.
“Hybrids only do 30 miles on electric-only but [what] if that slowly rose. I think the hybrid element could go to 100 miles on electric and keep it at sharing the fuel. But now they want EV everywhere which is a big task.”
Mr Needle described electric vehicles as “trendy” but confirmed he would not be axing his petrol car any time soon despite the ban looming over UK motorists shoulders.
“As a commuter, I’d happily have an electric car but I still want my petrol car to go on track or go for longer journeys. People love tinkering with cars.”