Last Thursday the Government announced its plans to strengthen Britain’s long-term energy security and independence by scaling up affordable, homegrown, clean power. The ambition is to reduce household bills for the long term and take a world-leading position in achieving net zero. Its Zero Emission Vehicle mandate was also published for final consultation.
Grant Shapps pledged to make the UK one of the best locations in the world to manufacture electric vehicles and to deliver wholesale UK electricity prices that rank amongst the cheapest in Europe. There is also a £380 million investment boost for the EV charging infrastructure to extend the number of public charging points beyond the 38,700 already available across the country.
Going ahead with the ban in 2030
The Government has confirmed its commitment to ending the sale of all new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030 and hybrids by 2035. It is clear that this is the only way to decarbonise road transport and end its contribution to climate change. There are also significant air quality benefits.
Battery electric vehicles are about three times as energy efficient as ICE cars and can make best use of the UK’s renewable energy which already represents 40% of UK electricity generation (set to rise to 100% by 2035). Even when the energy to produce an electric car is included, an EV will result in 76% less CO2 emissions over its lifetime, which rises to about 84% if running fully on renewable power.
For more information or to take part in the Zero Emission Vehicle mandate consultation, you can find it here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/a-zero-emission-vehicle-zev-mandate-and-co2-emissions-regulation-for-new-cars-and-vans-in-the-uk
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