UK gives hybrids and diesel elbow-room in zero emission plan
On Monday the British government has given the details of its zero emission strategy banning sales of new cars with a combustion engine by 2040. Hybrids, however, will get some elbow-room and won’t be affected by the ban. Diesel technology as such is not excluded.
50% ‘very low emission’ by 2030
The Minister of Transport, Chris Grayling, confirmed the zero emission plan and said the British government aims at 50% of all new vehicles sold in 2030 being of a ‘very low emission standard’. This can be electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen vehicles. Today they represent only 2,2% of the UK market. By 2050 the UK wants all cars to be ‘almost zero emission’.
Grayling wants to invest 1,5 billion pounds (1,7 billion euro) in ultra-low emission vehicles up to 2020. He proposes to have electric charging points installed in newly constructed houses and on public light poles close to parking spaces to expand the charging network.
No diesel ban
He emphasized that the zero emission strategy is ‘technically neutral’ and won’t ban specific technologies like hybrids as long as they help to achieve the government’s goal of 2040. This means no specific diesel ban neither.
The latter is applauded by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders’ (SMMT) director general, Mike Hawes, arguing that the latest generation of diesel cars “complies with the most strict emission standards, helping to slow down climate change and improving air quality.”