As cars and vans alone account for nearly 20 percent of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, the Government’s new ZEV mandate is aiming to increase the share of zero-emission vehicles. The initial mandate will take effect in 2024 and cover the period through to 2030.
The Government wants 22 percent of all new cars produced in 2024 to be emission-free, increasing to 80 percent in 2030 and reaching 100 percent in 2035.
A similar trajectory is expected for vans. Whitehall officials are predicting 10 percent of all new vans produced to be emission-free in 2024.
This then will increase to 70 percent in 2030 and 100 percent in 2035.
The Government’s official statement added: “The ZEV mandate will apply to all manufacturers responsible for the type-approval of cars or vans registered in the UK, irrespective of the type approval route.”
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Since the mandate was announced last month, many experts have tried to predict what it might mean for motorists long term.
And, according to one of them, the ZEV mandate will save drivers a whopping £1.93billion.
Ben Nelmes, the CEO of green motoring consultancy NewAutoMotive, said: “The Government’s latest electric vehicle proposals are a further step toward a net zero Britain, targeting the car and van emissions that account for almost 20 percent of the country’s total emissions output.
“It will make electric vehicles more accessible, saving motorists around £1.93billion in running costs, and provide green British businesses with the certainty they need to grow.”
Mr Nelmes added: “It is positive that the Government has accepted our recommendation and is targeting a faster switch to electric vans.
“However, ministers must make sure that there are no loopholes in the scheme that allow some manufacturers to avoid doing their fair share.”
Other experts have also rejoiced in the news saying that the mandate will send a “clear message” to the EV sector.
Quentin Wilson, the founder of FairCharge, said: “We know the Government has read our many letters and listened to feedback from our meetings with ministers to stay strong on future EV production targets and we’re delighted that they haven’t caved into vested interests.
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“These targets will send a clear message to the EV sector that UK electrification of road transport is here to stay and will benefit future generations with more highly skilled jobs, greater levels of investment, more charging infrastructure and cleaner urban air.”
Guy Spence, Managing Director of LV= ElectriX, echoed Mr Wilson’s claims saying that the requirement for manufacturers to sell a certain number of EVs is “good news for the British driving community”.
He added: “As ever, the devil is in the detail – it’s essential that the plans are bold enough and there aren’t any loopholes that may jeopardise results.
“If done right, the Zero Emission Vehicle mandate will help us reach price parity of electric vehicles with petrol and diesel cars sooner.”
Mr Spence continued: “It should also increase the makes and models of electric cars available and will have the longer-term benefit of a more buoyant second-hand market for electric cars, making EVs more affordable across our communities.
“In parallel, we must also accelerate rollout of reliable charging infrastructure that is easy to use, safe and accessible.”
The Government also stressed that there will be a period of flexibility for manufacturers between 2024 and 2026.
A statement read: “The transition to ZEVs has increased rapidly in recent years. However, the UK Government recognises that some vehicle manufacturers face challenges meeting targets in the initial years as they shift their business towards ZEVs.
“Therefore, this proposal includes some additional flexibilities during the initial phase of the regulation, from 2024-2026. During that phase, manufacturers may borrow a limited number of ZEV allowances from future periods if they are unable to achieve compliance from their own sales.”