The UK Government’s Net Zero Strategy includes the introduction of a zero emission vehicle mandate, setting targets for a percentage of manufacturers’ new car and van sales to be zero emission each year from 2024.
The UK will become the first European country to make it compulsory for car makers to sell a proportion of electric vehicles from 2024, and rising each year until 2030 when the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be banned, although it doesn’t say what percentage they will be required to sell.
And it has pledged to end the sale of all new, non-zero emission road vehicles by 2040, from motorcycles to buses and HGVs, subject to consultation.
The Government has said that this will deliver on its 2030 commitment to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, and the 2035 commitment that all cars must be fully zero emissions capable.
The Government has also announced additional OZEV funding over the next three years. Building on the £1.9bn from Spending Review 2020, the Government has committed an additional £620m to support the transition to electric vehicles.
The additional funding will support the rollout of charging infrastructure, with a particular focus on local on street residential charging, and targeted plug-in vehicle grants. The Government has said that it will provide further detail on this funding in due course.
The total funding committed by the government to vehicle grants and infrastructure is £2.5bn.
The UK Government’s Net Zero Strategy is available on GOV.UK via this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/net-zero-strategy