Sunak Still at War with Motorists
The Tories are still committed to waging war on motorists. If you judged by the speeches at the Tory conference and the headlines in the right-wing media, you might think that all that has changed. But you'd be wrong. because it's all lies.
At the end of last month, the government set out the percentage of new zero emission cars manufacturers will be required to produce each year up to 2030, on the way to the final abolition of new petrol cars in 2035. The final end of affordable, efficient cars has been put back five years, that's all
The path will support manufacturers and families in making the switch to electric, providing flexibility while also helping grow the economy.
The zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate the Tories have endorsed will impose on the UK the most extreme regulatory framework for the switch to electric vehicles (EVs) in the world. This requires 80% of new cars and 70% of new vans sold in Great Britain to be zero emission by 2030, increasing to 100% by 2035. The 2035 end of sale date puts the UK in line with other major global economies, including France, Germany, Sweden and Canada.
The government has a totally unreachable and ruinously expensive target of 300,000 chargepoints by 2030.
The mandate sets minimum annual targets, starting with a requirement for 22% of new cars sold in 2024 to be zero emission, as originally proposed. This will rise each year up to 100% by 2035, although some manufacturers - eager to force motorists into far more expensive electic cars as soon as possible - already plan to reach 100% sooner.
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