According to the government’s Department for Transport (DfT), new regulations mandating car manufacturers to sell a minimum percentage of zero-emission vehicles have gone into effect.
That generally means electric vehicles (EVs).
Car makers will have to ensure that at least 22% of vehicles sold are zero-emission under the new mandate, which went into effect last Wednesday. Alternatively, they will have to pay the government £15,000 for each vehicle sold that exceeds the rules on pollution.
The cutoff point will increase yearly until it hits 100% by 2035. Additionally, there is a criterion for van sales, which this year is set at 10%.
The mandate, which is a devolved policy, was created in collaboration with the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland, the governments of Scotland, and Wales.
The Westminster Government’s technology and decarbonisation minister Anthony Browne, who will visit an EV charging hub installed by bp pulse in central London on Wednesday, said:
“Alongside us having spent more than £2bn in the transition to electric vehicles, our zero-emission vehicle mandate will further boost the economy and support manufacturers to safeguard skilled British jobs in the automotive industry.
“We are providing investment certainty for the charging sector to expand our charging network, which has already grown by 44 per cent since this time last year.
“This will support the constantly growing number of EVs in the UK, which currently account for over 16 per cent of the new UK car market.”
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders chief executive Mike Hawes said: “The industry is investing billions in decarbonisation and recognises the importance of the zero-emission vehicles mandate in delivering net zero.”
The bill was passed last Tuesday, the same day it was revealed that a government goal for EV charges close to motorways had been missed.
To encourage drivers to take longer trips, the Department for Transport (DfT) established an ambitious goal: by the end of 2023, every motorway service area in England must have at least six quick or ultra-rapid chargers.
However, new RAC analysis of data by charger locator service Zapmap found that just 39 per cent of the 119 sites met the target. The DfT said the number of public charge points is “surging across the country”.
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