Johnson confirms ban on ICE cars in 2030
As expected, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the UK to advance the ban on cars and vans with an internal combustion engine (ICE) from 2035 to 2030. For hybrids, an exception will be made, and the 2035 deadline applies.
Johnson presented a 10-point plan called a ‘green industrial revolution’ that should create 250 000 new jobs and mobilize investments up to £12 billion (€13,4 billion). The UK hopes to reach its zero-carbon target in 2050 by quadrupling the offshore wind parks and to become a ‘world leader’ in carbon capturing and storage (CCS), among others.
In February this year, Boris Johnson suggested that the internal combustion engine on fossil fuels – even in hybrids – would be pronounced dead by 2035 or ‘even sooner.’ Johnson said the UK has a responsibility to compensate for the industrial revolution’s historical CO2 emissions the country led the last century. Now it’s confirmed the ban will come five years sooner.
Jump-start EV sales
Johnson wants to ‘jump-start’ the sales of electric vehicles in the UK, boosting it with several measures to reach the goal of making Great Britain climate-neutral by 2050. Hybrids are to be ‘spared’ from the death sentence “after extensive consultations with the car industry” and phased out by 2035. Hybrids should make it easier for consumers to get used to electric cars.
The number of battery-electric vehicles sold was currently 6,6% in October, according to the British car federation SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders). Last year, this was only 2,2%. Plug-in hybrids (PHEV) accounted for 5,5% (coming from 2,2%) and classic hybrids for 7,8% (compared to 5,5%).
Toyota’s warning that banning hybrids could jeopardize future investments in its ‘hybrid’ manufacturing UK facilities in Burnaston has clearly not fallen on deaf ears. On the other hand, according to Greenpeace UK, advancing the ban on diesel and gasoline cars by 2030 would create 32 000 new jobs and give the British economy a £4,2 billion (€4,5 billion) boost, and increase GDP by 0,2 percent.
The SMMT urged the government also to invest in charging infrastructure to convince consumers to make the switch. An investment of £500 million (€541 million) would be part of the announcement, especially aimed at fast-charging infrastructures along highways and connecting them to the grid in remote locations throughout the UK.
Heating towns with hydrogen
Besides reducing CO2 emissions by traffic and quadrupling green electricity production offshore to 40 gigawatts, Johnson wants to boost hydrogen production and use it to heat complete towns with it by the end of the decade.
On the other hand, Johnson wants to invest £525 million (€584 million) in ‘new nuclear power’, produced by the ‘next generation of small reactors’. Coincidentally, Rolls-Royce, the British aviation engine manufacturer (not the carmaker owned by BMW), told the BBC in February it will build ‘mini nuclear reactors’ in series by 2029.
Next year, the UK will cough up one billion pounds in a fund to insulate homes and public buildings and another £200 million (€223 million) for carbon capturing and storage (CCS) projects. Twenty million will go to ‘greener energies in the aviation and maritime sector’. And on top of that, the UK will plant 30 000 hectares of trees each year.