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The government must introduce stricter regulations on sales of petrol and diesel cars to meet its 2040 pollution pledge, say industry figures

Stricter action to slow the sale of new combustion-engined cars will be needed if the government is to hit its target for zero-emissions transport by 2040, a conference was told last week.

“Consumers do not have responsibility for this problem; we can’t expect them to have the solution,” said Jillian Anable, professor of transport and energy at the University of Leeds, at the annual LowCVP conference in London. “It is only policy that has led to [OEM] product policy. Why should the consumer be expected to lead the change?”

Electrified plug-in vehicles currently account for about 2% of the UK market – a share that has taken about seven years to establish.

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To achieve 100% of new car sales in the next 22 years – will require “regulation, regulation, regulation,” said Anable during the conference, which was organised by LowCVP, a forum for industry and government to discuss decarbonising road transport.

Speaking at the same event, Bob Moran, head of environment strategy at the Department of Transport and one of the authors of the government’s 'Road to Zero' white papers, stressed that there will be “no bans” on any type of combustion-engine car.

“The 2040 policy will be technology led - there will be no bans,” he said.

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The government will set targets for new car sales to comprise “50-70% ultra-low emissions” vehicles by 2030, rising to 100% zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) by 2040.

The government's definition of ZEV also emerged in the White Paper: a car capable of 50 miles of continuous zero-emissions driving.

A vociferous critic of the car industry, Greg Archer of Transport and Environment, pointed the finger at the car industry for failing to increase supply of electric cars.

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“Demand for BEVs is limited by supply. There has not been any increase in production since about 2013 when the BMW i3 was launched. Today nine models account for 91% of electric car sales,” he said.

Speaking for Volkswagen, its head of corporate PR Paul Buckett, predicted that the car industry would change more in the next five years than in the last 50.

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“By 2025, VW Group will have launched 80 new EVs and by 2030 there will be EV versions of 300 models in the group,” said Buckett.

The managing director of LowCVP, Andy Eastlake, also stressed there wouldn’t be a ban on combustion-engined cars.

“We haven’t banned horses and I am not aware that we are going to ban combustion-engined cars,” he said.

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Vimeous 17 July 2018

Shouting for the Sake of Shouting?

Sounds like lobbyists making a load of noise without solid foundation.

Before we lambast car makers and Governments where is the Planetary Cost analysis?Tell the public the relative environmental cost of deep-sea mining required to meet the demand of precious metals used for current battery technology. What other damage must we do to achieve the EV goal?

I'm all for moving the EVs but not if the mad rush does more damage than the problem it's supposedly trying to fix.


Why not set the Environmental goals but ban the use of precious metals to achieve the target? Will that kick manufacturers enough? Afterall if you plan to use legislation to force change don't go for half-measures!

Gargae Man 17 July 2018

Tougher rules

Here we go again.A Government trying to stiffle the world with the legislation blanket.I have asked the question before.Has anyone qantified the emission cost to produce a fully electric car?More importantly,what is the cost of either recycling the out of date battery packs or destroying them completely?How do these evangelists expect wind and solar to produce the base load power to provide the basic living needs of a growing world population.I was involved in seeing wheat,cotton and vegetables(2miilion lettuce plants a crop) being grown and the work to prepare the land could not be done by an electric tractor.This is basically what government is wanting,todays society to be run on "candles" and dam the consequences.Maybe after all we correspondents have left this earth, technology will have unlocked the universes energy production secrets,but until that happens we have to make do with todays systems and stop being preoccupied on them.Get on with life.

Symanski 16 July 2018

Slow down sales of cleaner cars?

Why wouldn't you want someone to trade in a car that emits a higher level of pollutants over buying a cleaner one of any fuel type?




A88A 17 July 2018

Symanski wrote:

Symanski wrote:

Why wouldn't you want someone to trade in a car that emits a higher level of pollutants over buying a cleaner one of any fuel type?




That’s fine, as long as tax increases are not the way they do it. Don’t tax us out of our petrol and diesel cars, just encourage manufacturers to build better cars for the future. When my car is at the end of its useful life, I’ll buy whatever is available to me at a reasonable cost, be that electric, gas or hydrogen.