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Electric car

The UK should cut greenhouse gases to nearly zero by 2050, a report by the government advisory Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says.

It says conventional car sales should be banned by 2035. However, the UK car industry has quite a way to go, says Professor Jillian Anable, transport and energy chair of the Institute of Transport Studies at the University of Leeds.

Electric car sales make up only 3% of the UK market, and much less globally. However, she says consumers shouldn't be blamed for this.

Manufacturers make more money in selling larger cars, which emit more pollution, she says.

The industry is "very strong in its lobbying" and policy is "very weak in setting out the regulation", "so the car industry, frankly, has been able to get away with an awful lot", she adds.

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