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We’ll charge up our clean cars at home ‘in 12 years’

NEW homes and offices may be required to install charging points for electric vehicles as the government says it wants at least half of new car sales to be ultra-low emission by 2030.

The ‘transformative’ plan could see a huge expansion of a charging infrastructure that will include the installation of hundreds of thousands more electricity points as standard.

Unveiling the Road To Zero strategy, transport secretary Chris Grayling said: ‘We expect to see more change in the transport sector over the next ten years than we have in the previous century.

‘We are expecting our economy and society to experience profound change. [This strategy] sets out a clear path for Britain to be a world leader in the zero emission revolution, ensuring that the UK has cleaner air, a better environment and a stronger economy.’

As part of the strategy, hybrid cars and vans will not be included in a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040, the Department for Transport said.

But the Campaign for Better Transport described the proposals as a ‘step backwards’. The group’s sustainable transport campaigner, Bridget Fox, said: ‘Giving concessions to keeping hybrids on the road… will water down the already inadequate 2040 target.’

STARBUCKS is to ban plastic straws from all its stores worldwide by 2020, eliminating more than a billion a year. The coffee giant becomes the largest food and drink company operating globally to do so, and said its decision was made to protect the oceans. It will look at other materials, and lids that don’t need straws. Starbucks’ home town, Seattle, last week banned single-use plastic straws.