EU proposes 2035 effective ban on all non-electric cars – 15/07

The European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, has proposed a 55% cut in vehicular CO2 emissions from current levels by 2030, rising to 100% by 2035. That would effectively make it impossible to sell non-electric vehicles within the EU’s 27 member states.

The new targets are a substantial increase on the current measures, which currently require a 37.5% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030. Those goals, which are becoming increasingly tougher, have already forced car manufacturers to dramatically increase their electrified vehicle offerings to avoid heavy EU fines.

Significantly, the proposals include removing the exemption from the emission rules for small volume manufacturers – those who produce between 1000 and 10,000 new cars per year – would be removed under the new proposals.

The new goal brings the EU broadly in line with the UK’s targets. The UK government will ban most new non-zero-emissions cars and vehicles by 2030, although certain plug-in hybrids will be allowed to remain on sale until 2035.

The Telegraph

Cars and flights to be hit with green taxes – 15/07

New green taxes on motoring and flying are likely to be introduced as part of proposals to reduce Britain’s transport emissions, the Government has suggested.

Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, unveiled his transport decarbonisation plan on Wednesday, pledging that every vehicle on the roads would be zero emission within decades. The document says further “carbon pricing” for flights could be introduced and suggests new motoring taxes could offset the anticipated loss of fuel duty from electric vehicles. It adds that the Government will need to ensure that “revenue from motoring taxes keeps pace” with the switch to electric vehicles “to ensure we can continue to fund the first-class public services and infrastructure that people and families across the UK expect”.

Electric vehicles are currently not liable for vehicle excise duty (VED) and drivers bypass fuel duty, which could leave the Treasury with a £34 billion hole. It would need to recoup £765 per car per year in lost fuel duty, according to analysis by the AA. Although the document acknowledges the need to fill the gap, there is reportedly disagreement within the Government about how this should be achieved. On Wednesday, the Department for Transport said any tax structures to recoup the losses would be up to the Treasury.

Among plans being considered is the introduction of a road pricing scheme, which could see drivers pay tolls or per mile, based on in-vehicle tracking technology. The Government is also looking to expand carbon pricing to include petrol, in line with the European Union – but that would not plug the entire shortfall. Electric vehicles will pay no VED until at least 2025, the document said, but could be hit with higher fees from then.

In addition to the Government’s plan to ban the sale of internal combustion engine cars from 2030 and hybrids from 2035, it plans to end the sale of HGVs from 2040. 

The plan calls for people to use their cars less and switch to public transport and active travel where possible. The Government faces a challenge to lure people back to public transport after numbers plummeted during the pandemic.

Sales quota: Manufacturers will be mandated to sell a proportion of electric vehicles this decade under radical proposals that carmakers have called a “slap in the face”.

The Government has promised 6,000 ultra-rapid charge points, as well as more than £100 million for on-street and off-street charging.

BBC News

Insurers plan green replacements for car and property write-offs – 15/07

Insurers could replace written-off or stolen petrol cars with electric vehicles as part of a wide-ranging plan to improve sustainability.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said the plans could “herald a new approach” to the many thousands of claims settled each year. Damaged gas boilers could also be replaced with more sustainable models. Consumers would also be encouraged to accept recycled parts as part of a roadmap to tackle climate change.

Members of the ABI settled 2.6 million motor insurance claims last year, and 737,000 property claims. The sector has been widely criticised for its approach on pricing, particularly rising premiums for loyal customers. However, it believes it can have a significant impact on improving transport emissions and other environmental issues.

The Guardian

Coventry puts forward ‘mission critical’ plan for electric car battery plant – 14/07

Coventry city council has put forward a blueprint for a 5.7m square feet “gigafactory”, which could create up to 6,000 new jobs, in partnership with Coventry airport where the plant would be located. The joint venture first revealed its plans in February with the hope of submitting planning permission by the end of the year and attracting an experienced manufacturer to start production by 2025.

Andy Street, the mayor of the West Midlands, said: “It is mission critical that the West Midlands secures a gigafactory, both for the future of our region’s automotive industry and the huge economic and job benefits it would bring, as well as the future of our planet.

The West Midlands is home to carmakers including Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin Lagonda and BMW, as well as the UK’s largest battery research centre, the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC).

The Coventry gigafactory plan, which could attract private investment of up to £2bn, is moving ahead a fortnight after Nissan set out plans for a £1bn electric vehicle hub in Sunderland. The Japanese company said it would create 6,000 jobs to help safeguard the future of Britain’s largest car factory as motoring moves away from petrol and diesel.

Daily Express

Coventry beats London to be best equipped UK city for electric cars – 14/07

Coventry is the best equipped city in the UK for electric cars, a new study has found. The latest research from Carwow, shows that Coventry has more public electric vehicle charging points per capita than any other UK city. The Midlands city has one public EV charger for every 890 residents, with 486 charging points in total.

Milton Keynes came in second place, with 275 chargers installed – which is one for every 1,027 people in the city. London came in third with 1,630 people per charger and 5,783 electric chargers.  Unsurprisingly however, London has the most chargers for any city in the UK with 5,783 electric charging points.

Currently there are 8,380 petrol stations in the UK, compared to the 8,165 EV charging points in the top ten cities alone. For demand to match consumption, groups like the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have called on the government to do more to support drivers. The SMMT suggested that 2.3 million new charging points would be needed by 2030 to cover the demand from consumers.

Daily Mail

BMW’s Back to the Future scooter: The £10,000 CE 04 electric motorbike has an 80-mile range and a 75mph top speed – 13/07

BMW has added its latest model to its expanding fleet of electric vehicles – but this time it’s a scooter that looks like it’s been brought back from the future. Called the CE 04, the Bavarian bike maker has dubbed it the first model as part of its ‘silent revolution’ for electrically-powered urban two-wheel vehicles. It will have a range of just of 81 miles, a top speed of 75mph, a price tag of £11,700 and a matching parka jacket that glows in the dark so pedestrians who don’t hear the scooter approaching will be able to see the rider.  A £1,500 plug-in vehicle grant should bring the price of the electric motorscooter down to just over £10,000.

Daily Express

Electric cars law change: Bid to make change for all new homes and offices – 12/07

All new homes and offices will be required to have charging points for electric vehicles if a Tory MP succeeds in her bid to change the law.

Kensington MP Felicity Buchan argues that for electric vehicles to take off in the UK drivers must be sure that charging will “not be an issue”. With a ban on the sale of new cars wholly powered by petrol and diesel cars coming in 2030, Ms Buchan insists Britain must have the right charging infrastructure in place. She will introduce a Bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday in a bid to put the issue on the political agenda.

She said: “To really encourage the uptake of electric vehicles we need to give consumers confidence that charging will not be an issue. An important way to do that is to have electric charging points mandated by law in all new build houses and offices.

“That is why I am introducing my Bill on Tuesday and I hope it may receive Government support as part of the transport decarbonisation plan.”

Financial Times

Stellantis to invest more than €30bn in electric vehicles – 09/07

Stellantis will spend more than €30bn over the next four years developing electric cars and software, underlining the investment the auto industry is having to make as combustion engines are phased out. Stellantis has laid out plans to open five battery factories across Europe and the US by the end of the decade. The world’s sixth-largest automaker also said it would introduce a range of cars that can drive up to 500 miles on a single charge. With brands including Jeep, Peugeot, Vauxhall and Ram, Stellantis wants 70 per cent of European sales and 40 per cent of US sales to be of low-emission vehicles by 2030.

The electric plans from Stellantis have been keenly anticipated because the €50bn merger brought together two companies at opposites end of the industry’s electric spectrum. PSA has already invested in electric vehicles, helping the group meet the EU’s CO2 targets last year. FCA, however, only met the rules after paying Tesla hundreds of millions of euros for carbon credits. The ambitious plan by Stellantis to invest €30bn by 2025 echoes that of rivals. Volkswagen, the group’s largest competitor in Europe, is spending €35bn on electric vehicles, while Ford, which competes with Opel in Europe and Ram and Jeep in the US, earlier this year raised its spending targets to “more than $30bn” by the end of the decade.

Among the initiatives and targets set out on Thursday, Stellantis said Opel and Vauxhall will only sell electric cars in Europe after 2028, two years earlier than arch-rival Ford. Jeep, historically a major profit generator for Fiat Chrysler, promised to release a battery model in every segment by 2025. Stelantis said it planned to build four manufacturing platforms that would allow it to make battery versions of the vehicles in its range, which run from small hatchbacks to large pick-up trucks.