Julia Hartley-Brewer continually asked Mr Gove who will pay for the shift in infrastructure to electric vehicles. The talkRADIO host was raising concerns about what the cost of electric charging points will be as the Government pushes forward the date of banning the sale of petrol and diesel cars to 2035.
Ms Hartley-Brewer said: “By all means let’s move to electric vehicles but who is going to pay for the infrastructure?
“You have decided the policy without finding out what the cost will be and who will pay for it.”
In response, Mr Gove quipped: “I don’t think you could tell me what the cost of petrol will be in fifteen months’ time yet alone in fifteen years’ time.”
As the debate continued Ms Hartley-Brewer proposed a wager to try and trick Michael Gove into finally answering her question.
The radio host proposed: “Tell you what let’s shake on it and let’s see who’s right in fifteen years’ time.”
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster raised the stakes in return backing his newly introduced policy.
He said: “You produce for me the economic model that will show exactly what the price of electricity will be in 15 years’ time and exactly what the price of petrol will be.
Show me the arbitrage between the two that guarantees that petrol will be cheaper and if you can do that never mind 50 quid I will take you out for a slap-up meal at the restaurant of your choice.”
In reply, Ms Hartley-Brewer sighed with frustration concluding the discussion on one final dig.
She said: “For your sake at the next election and the next couple of elections I hope that the voters will believe that there will be a net saving.”
The Government changed its decision on when it will ban the sale of new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars to 2035 in order to achieve its target of being carbon neutral by 2050.
Boris Johnson revealed the policy as part of a launch event for a United Nations climate summit in November.
The summit which will be hosted in Glasgow has received praise from a variety of environmental figures including Sir David Attenborough who said he found it “encouraging” that the British Government was launching a “year of climate action”.