Ex Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond has warned drivers that it's ‘likely’ most cars will still be petrol-run in 2050.

Hammond’s claims come over the current rate of electrification in vehicles with thoughts that the lack of high-profile car shows is to blame.

As the 54-year-old shared that a new motoring TV show informing viewers on electric and self-driving cars could help inform drivers on the vehicle.

Talking to The Telegraph, Hammond said: “EVs will be part of the picture, of course they are.”

Adding: “But at the current rate of electrification, even if we could keep it up – which we can’t because China is withholding the rare earth minerals we need – by 2050 the majority of cars on the road will still be, and have to be, internal combustion engines.”

Hammond went on to add that driver's lack of information could mean people are left with the wrong cars: “And people might end up buying electric cars that simply don’t work in their application, or not buying one when they’d be perfect. But we’re not properly informed.

“There is a need now for a show which goes, ‘Look, you need to get about, how you do that is an important decision, so here’s the stuff you need to know.’ Somebody should be doing that.”

The motoring fan gained fame for presenting BBC’s Top Gear from 2002 to 2015 with close friends James May and Jeremy Clarkson.

After exiting the BBC show, the trio moved to Amazon’s Prime Video hosting The Grand Tour which ended this year.

Top Gear was once one of the most popular shows on prime-time TV, but in 2022, the BBC confirmed the motoring show would not be returning for the foreseeable future after Freddie Flintoff was in a serious accident while filming.