UK CO2 targets – the UK has to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 compared to 1990 base levels – electric vehicles can play a key part in achieving these targets
EU fleet CO2 targets – the next fleet average target for manufacturers is 95g/km CO2 by 2020/21 – manufacturers will need EVs to achieve these targets, especially for the targets that are likely post-2021
Air Quality – local air quality has now taken over from CO2 as a key priority for the UK government – EVs are an ideal solution to help with this issue
2017 Government announcement: the UK will end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040
Road to Zero strategy published 9 July 18 builds on this commitment and outlines how government will work with industry to support achieving this
46 policy proposals
Sets out next steps to cleaner road transport and delivering the UK’s Industrial Strategy – ambition to make the UK the best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle
Ambition for 50%-70% of new car sales to be ultra-low emission by 2030, and up to 40% of new vans
Government will take steps to enable massive roll-out of infrastructure to support electric vehicle revolution
Delivering cleaner air
The government‘s mission, as part of the modern Industrial Strategy, is to put the UK at the forefront of an industry that is estimated to be worth up to £7.6 trillion per year by 2050
The Road to Zero Strategy is technology neutral and does not speculate on which technologies might help to deliver the government’s 2040 mission – no plan to ban any particular technology – eg. hybrids – as part of this strategy
Push for chargepoints to be installed in newly built homes and new lampposts to include charging points
The launch of a £400 million Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund to help accelerate the roll-out of charging infrastructure
Creating a new £40 million programme to develop and trial innovative, low cost wireless and on-street charging technology
Providing up to £500 for electric vehicle owners to put in a charge point in their home through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme
An increase in the value of grants available to workplacesto install chargepoints so people can charge when they are at work
The extension of the Plug-In Car and Van Grants to at least October 2018 at current rates, and in some form until at least 2020
The launch of an Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce to bring together the energy and automotive industries to plan for the increase in demand on energy infrastructure that will result from a rise in the use of electric vehicles
Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill to ensure chargepoints are easily accessed and used across the UK, available at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers and will be smart ready.
PASSENGER CAR TECHNOLOGY ROADMAP
The passenger car technology roadmap shows that a consensus of industry views in the UK point to an electric future.
PROJECTED ANNUAL GLOBAL EV SALES
Research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance also shows that EVs are the future – with China leading the way in the short to medium term.
From G-Wiz to I-PACE: progress with EVs, but we’re not quite there yet with design, performance, practicality, choice, cost
Joined up government policies to encourage EV adoption
Nottingham’s ULEV Experience shows that businesses – the main EV buyers – have one key aim with fleet choices: saving money. So OLEV and the Treasury need to be joined up on issues such as BIK (reduce BIK to 2% now!). And how about joining up Transport & Health?
Charging – need to be able to turn up at any charge point and charge with credit card/contactless – no more different RFID membership cards!
Include communication in EV-related projects – and make it engaging
Pollution from petrol and diesel vehicles is having an adverse impact on our health; it is now acknowledged that there is no safe level of air pollution.
Young children are the most vulnerable group; in fact air pollution stunts the growth of children’s lungs.
Based on this information alone, when this makes the front pages of newspapers, it’s difficult to see how any politicians will support petrol and diesel cars going forward.