Grant Shapps is seeking to set legally binding targets to hurry up the shift away from petrol and diesel, and in direction of the mass adoption of electric autos. In its new report, the Department for Transport proposed legally binding annual targets that automotive producers will be pressured to fulfill earlier than 2035.
In much less than eight years, the Government will ban the gross sales of new petrol and diesel autos within the UK.
Just 5 years later, the same ban will be launched to limit gross sales of hybrid autos.
The proposed scheme would begin in 2024, when producers must promote all-electric cars, which account for 22 % of their complete gross sales.
The Government doc added: “There is a level of uncertainty based on the form of wider policy measures and future demand, but this modelling assumes that by 2030 a minimum of 80 percent of all new UK car sales are zero emission.
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Launched as part of the Net Zero Strategy, the ZEV mandate will require manufacturers to sell a certain proportion of electric vehicles in the lead up to 2030.
Caterina Brandmayr, head of climate policy at Green Alliance, said the Government’s consultation for the ZEV mandate was a positive step, but said more could still be done.
She said: “Pushing for carmakers to increase sales of pure electric vehicles will bring down costs for drivers, cut our reliance on volatile fossil fuels and boost UK manufacturing.
“But ambitious sales targets are needed to ensure more people can benefit from clean cars sooner.”
SMMT chief govt Mike Hawes stated: “The danger is that consumers will lack the incentive to purchase these new vehicles in the quantities needed, keeping their older, more polluting vehicles for even longer thereby undermining the carbon savings this regulation seeks to deliver.”
James Hind, CEO of carwow, known as on the Government to have a look at different examples as a solution to get customers to spend money on electric cars.
He added: “From consumer interviews, we still believe that there is more the car industry can do to train consumer facing dealership staff to help educate and inform prospective new car buyers about the advantages and realities of electric vehicle usage.
“The sales mandates that have been talked about are one way this could be encouraged, but we would also call upon the Government to study the hugely positive impact that German Government funded EV subsidies have had on accelerating electric new car sales in Germany over the last couple of years.
“The RRP of electric cars versus similar internal combustion engine cars is significantly higher, so if the Government is serious on making this shift happen then they need to help lower the cost through incentives or subsidies.”