Government outlines electric plans to take UK to 2030 new petrol & diesel car ban

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20th October 2021
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New strategy will see a proportion of new vehicle sales require zero-emission miles before certain dates

The UK Government has established a zero-tailpipe emission requirement for a proportion of new cars a manufacturer can sell ini the country, as it leads up to a total ban on new internal combustion cars in 2030.

Coming as part of a wider announcement on government investment towards net-zero 2050 emission targets, the process in transitioning to electric will be backed by an additional £620 million in support, invested in plug-in car grants and charging infrastructure.

Built into the Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener report comes a focus on local on-street residential charge points to help even those in built up areas with no access to off-street parking into electric vehicles.

Sales targets of new electric cars will come into force from 2024, with increased proportions of the UK’s new electric car sales mix per manufacturer to come about each year. The aim is to stagger the market into the 2030 new petrol and diesel car ban, and help prepare for the ban on new hybrid models by 2035.

Government fleets will look to lead by example, with a quarter of all government cars classed as ultra-low emission by the end of 2022, and all cars and vans on its fleet zero-emission by 2027.

No indication as to what percentages the government will start with have been given, with details published early next year.

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