On Monday (9th July 2018), the Government announced its Road to Zero Strategy that aims to increase the number of ultra-low emissions vehicles (ULEVs) on UK roads.
The strategy pledges for:
- At least 50% of new car sales to be ULEVs by 2030 alongside up to 40% of new vans
- The Government to take steps to enable massive roll-out of infrastructure to support electric vehicle revolution
- The stage to be set for the biggest technology advancement to hit UK roads since the invention of the combustion engine
As set out in the Air Quality Plan, the Government aim to ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles in the UK by 2040. The ban is to cover any vehicle that is incapable of travelling more than 50 miles using just electric power, which will result in the ban of some current hybrids including the Toyota Prius and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV which cover around 30 miles on pure electric.
The Road to Zero Strategy outlines how the Government plans on achieving the 2040 ban as well as setting ambitious measures including charge points being installed in newly built homes and lamp posts, the continuation of the Plug-In Grant, the introduction of on-street charging technology, and more.
Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling said:
“The coming decades are going to be transformative for our motor industry, our national infrastructure and the way we travel. We expect to see more change in the transport sector over the next 10 years than we have in the previous century.
“We are expecting our economy and society to experience profound change, which is why we have marked the Future of mobility as one of the 4 grand challenges as part of our modern Industrial Strategy.
“The Road to Zero Strategy sets out a clear path for Britain to be a world leader in the zero emission revolution - ensuring that the UK has cleaner air, a better environment and a stronger economy.”
A review on the uptake of ULEVs will take place in 2025 to see what progress is being made and if any further intervention is needed to encourage the uptake. The UK will be hosting the world’s first Zero Emission Vehicle summit in Birmingham later this year.
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