You may well have heard of the Government’s ‘Road to Zero’ strategy, published back in 2018, the intention of which was to outline a plan to ‘clean up road transport’ and to promote the development of electric vehicles. Following this, the European Commission announced that from 2035, the sale of new cars and vans that produce carbon emissions would be banned. The UK has since changed the target date for this country to 2030.
Just in case anyone thought that this pressure on manufacturers to develop electric cars and vans wasn’t enough, October 2021 has seen the publication of the Government’s Net Zero Strategy with a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to nil by 2050. As part of this, the intention is that from 2024 vehicle manufacturers will be required to produce a minimum proportion of ZEVs (Zero Emission Vehicles) relative to the conventional ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) powered cars and vans prior to 2030.
Although there’s consultation planned in 2022 with industry bodies, it’s seems likely that the percentage of ZEVs required will increase over time, allowing the manufacturers to gradually develop further electric vehicle technology prior to 2030. Aiming to address concerns that are still being voiced around the public charging infrastructure, the Net Zero Strategy also proposes increased investment for on-street charging and the Government says it will publish an EV infrastructure strategy later in 2021.
What will that mean to the man or woman in the street? Probably very little as the interest in and uptake of electric cars and vans is gaining momentum by the day. Already with an eye on both the future and change in customer demands, manufacturers are all heavily investing in research and development of the technology with plenty of new vehicles in the pipeline. In fact, we’ve already seen manufacturers commit to having an electric vehicle in every model range well in advance of any deadlines. Possibly the only sector which may be lagging behind is the pickup segment, with most activity seemingly coming from niche manufacturers in America.
Take a look at our feature on ‘Where Are All The Electric Pickups?’ for some insight.