Could the end of the motorist's reliance on petrol be nigh? Well, according to a report in the Observer newspaper, the Government are worried enough to speed up alternative fuel plans.
This is on top of news from the motoring organisation, the RAC, announcing that 92 per cent of UK motorists are struggling to fill their cars. There are also fears growing that the cost of petrol could hit £2 a litre if instability in the Middle East persists and deepens.
As such, every government department will be told this week to comply with a new national "carbon plan" aimed at looking at alternative fuel sources.
Energy Secretary, Chris Huhme, in an interview with the Observer, said that the UK had no option but to speed up efforts to move away from oil. "Getting off the oil hook is made all the more urgent by the crisis in the Middle East. We cannot afford to go on relying on such a volatile source of energy when we can have clean, green and secure energy from low-carbon sources," he said. "The carbon plan is about ensuring that the whole of the government is engaged in a joined-up effort to lead us into a low-carbon world."
Transport secretary, Philip Hammond, who recently infuriated green groups by suggesting raising the motorway speed limit from 70mph to 80mph, will be pushed to produce a national strategy to promote the installation of an infrastructure for electric cars by June 2011.