The UK Government recently unveiled a package of funding and other measures to support its green road transport goals, following confirmation that the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and light vans will end by 2030.
As part of the Government’s 10-point green plan, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that new cars and light vans sold by 2030 must have zero-emissions at the tailpipe – although new hybrids that can drive a “significant distance” in zero-emission mode can continue to be sold until 2035.
Electric vehicles will be one of the successor technologies to the internal combustion engine, but consumer concerns around ‘range anxiety’ and access to chargepoints remain. To address this, the UK Government announced funding for numerous electric vehicle recharging infrastructure initiatives, including:
- £950m to future-proof grid supply for motorway rapid charging
- £275m to extend home, workplace and on-street chargepoint grants
- £90m to fund local EV recharging projects
The Government has also confirmed that the Plug-In Car, Van and Motorcycle grants will be in place until at least 2022-23, to incentivise more motorists to make the switch to electric vehicles over the next few years.
Further developments in the Government’s support for the transition to zero-emission driving are expected over the next twelve months, including the publication of the Government’s transport decarbonisation plan and an electric vehicle charging infrastructure strategy.