- 4 February 2020
- Transport / Logistics Services
Vans of all sizes are to be included in the UK government’s Department for Transport plans to end the sale of all petrol and diesel powered vehicles by 2035. Hybrids are also for the chop.
The government has said that 2035 is the latest date, with a preference to bring the ban forward should consultation with industry suggest this is possible. The Department for Transport (DfT) is promising to work with all industry sectors to drive this.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “This government’s £1.5 billion strategy to make owning an electric vehicle as easy as possible is working – last year alone, a fully electric car was sold every 15 minutes.
“We want to go further than ever before. That’s why we are bringing forward our already ambitious target to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars to tackle climate change and reduce emissions.”
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said it was “extremely concerning” that the government had “moved the goalposts for consumers and industry on such a critical issue” and stressed that manufacturers are “fully invested in a zero emissions future”.
“With current demand for this still expensive technology still just a fraction of sales, it’s clear that accelerating an already very challenging ambition will take more than industry investment,” he said.
As more electric vehicles and vans are being made worldwide, economies of scale and technology is driving the quality up and cost down. A committed government policy can include subsidies to tackle the additional cost involved in greening fleets. There are already grants out there for greening fleets, and the change is not as scary as naysayers would have others believe.