More money for electric vehicle charging infrastructure!
The government has pledged to invest £620 million in new grants designed to support the transition to electric vehicles. Grants will contribute towards the cost of buying electric vehicles and building new electric vehicle charging points on residential streets.
The UK also plans to make it compulsory for carmakers to sell a minimum percentage of electric vehicles each year, with that proportion to be confirmed. We will be the first country in Europe to insist on this quota.
Another government pledge is to ban the sale of new, non-zero emission road vehicles by 2040. Vehicles covered by the ban include motorcycles, buses and HGVs, although this decision will be subject to a consultation.
The pledges were broadly welcomed by industry and campaign groups.
They form part of a wider strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the UK to net zero by 2050 and include the ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030.
Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, said:
“We’re going further and faster than ever to tackle climate change. Together with an additional £620m to support vehicle grants and charging infrastructure, our plans for an ambitious zero emission vehicle mandate show that we’re leading the world on the switch to EVs.”
Edmund King, AA president, said:
“The AA supports the moves towards Net Zero and believes that EV incentives can help us along that road.
“This new charge point funding targeted more at the 8 million households without dedicated off-street parking is a welcome step which will give power to electric drivers.
“With the cost of petrol and diesel rising, the desire to switch to electric is stronger than ever before.
“However, the introduction of a ‘Zero Emissions Vehicle Mandate’ is probably unnecessary. Manufacturers are already taking big steps in order to meet the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel cars and vans, but bringing in this ‘Red Tape’ exercise could harm car production plans already in place.”