The Department for Transport published its long-awaited Road to Zero Strategy in July, confirming the commitment to end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040. The strategy does not propose to ban hybrid or other technologies.
The strategy does not appear to impose a complete ban by 2040 either, making reference to the “majority of new cars and vans sold to be 100% zero emission and all new cars and vans to have significant zero emission capability. By 2050 we want almost every car and van to be zero emission.”
The Strategy also reaffirms the government ambition to see at least half of new cars to be ultra-low emission by 2030.
Alongside the strategy, and providing legislative basis for many of its key aims, the Automatic and Electric Vehicles Act recently became law. The Act gives Government powers to ensure that: charge points are ‘smart’ ready; payments are standardised; key charge point information is made public; charge points are deployed at motorway service stations and larger fuel retailers.