The government’s EV plan
After consulting with car manufacturers and sellers, Johnson confirmed that the UK will end the sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE) cars and vans by 2030, 10 years earlier than previously originally announced in October 2018. However, the UK government will. allow the sale of hybrid cars and vans until 2035.
The British auto industry already manufactures electric vehicles such as the Mini-e and the Nissan Leaf. To support the acceleration of the EV plan, Johnson also announced the following incentives:
- 1.3 billion pounds ($ 1.72 million) to speed up the deployment of electric vehicle charging stations in homes, streets and on highways across England.
- 582 million pounds ($ 771 million) in grants for those who buy zero or very low emission vehicles to make them cheaper to buy and to get more people to make the switch.
- Almost £ 500million ($ 662million) over the next four years for the development and large-scale production of electric vehicle batteries as part of the pledge to deliver up to £ 1bn ( $ 1.32 billion) for an automotive transformation fund, stimulating international investment.
This will help protect and create thousands of new jobs, especially in the Midlands, North East and North Wales.
The UK government will also launch a consultation on phasing out new diesel trucks. No date has yet been set for this.
Response from the environmental group
Caterina Brandmayr, head of climate policy at independent environmental think tank Green Alliance, responded to the electric vehicle plan announced today:
Advancing the phase-out of the new classic petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 is truly ambitious – and shows a clear commitment to tackle climate change and put the UK at the forefront of efforts global organizations aimed at leading the electric vehicle revolution. While allowing the continued sale of hybrid vehicles through 2035 is a missed opportunity to accelerate the transition to clean transportation, the 2030 ban will help get the most polluting cars off the road, by reducing the carbon footprint of the road. largest emitting sector and stimulating the clean vehicle market. .
The government must now define a comprehensive set of policies to stimulate the adoption of battery-electric vehicles and translate its commitment into action. In addition to incentives for consumers and the expansion of charging infrastructure, the government will need to set targets for auto markers to sell an increasing share of zero-emission vehicles. All of this will be vital to creating green jobs over the next decade and tackling the dirty air that has exacerbated the number of serious and fatal coronavirus cases this year.
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