Committee on Climate Change says bringing EV-only law forward could help Britain become nearly carbon-neutral by 2050

Laws requiring all new vehicles sold in the UK to have zero emissions should be brought forward from 2040 to as early as 2030, according to a report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

The move would help the UK reduce carbon emissions to nearly zero by 2050, according to the report, which has also called for a substantial investment to improve electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the UK.

The CCC says current government plans to require all new cars sold from 2040 onwards to have zero emissions - banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars - are too soft.

Ensuring that all cars and vans in the UK are electric by 2050 will require all sales to be pure battery electric from 2035 at the latest, according to the report – but it would be “desirable” to bring that target forward to 2030 if technology allows.

The CCC estimates that alternatively fuelled vehicles should be cheaper to purchase than petrol and diesel-engined examples by 2030, and offer substantial reductions in running costs.

The report does note that accelerating the requirement for all new cars sold to be zero emission will require heavy investment in the charging network, and says that the government “must continue to support strengthening of the charging infrastructure, including for drivers without access to off-street parking.”

There are currently around 21,000 public chargers in the UK, but the report estimates that 210,000 will be required in towns and cities, along with 3500 rapid and ultra-rapid chargers near motorways.

A 2018 report published by the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee called the government's initial target date for the new legislation "vague and unambitious", and criticised the relative unpreparedeness of Britain's road network for the shift away from conventional fuelling methods. 

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The move is just one emissions-cutting initiative in the ‘Net Zero’ report, which also looks at cutting emissions in areas including home heating, aviation, meat production and domestic waste. 

The report also looked at a number of alternative options for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, including biomass-based synthetic fuels that could be used in combustion engines. The report says such fuels could play a large role in cutting emissions in the future, but are likely to be more expensive than other options because they are “thermodynamically and economically challenging”.  

Last year, the government confirmed that hybrid vehicles, so long as they were classed as ultra-low-emissions vehicles, would be exempt from the ban on new diesel and petrol vehicles. 

The CCC report says that the UK can become a global leader in cutting greenhouse gasses. It says that the tighter target can be achieved at no added cost from previous estimates.

The Committee on Climate Change is an independent body that was established as part of the Climate Change Act 2008. It’s role is to advise the UK government on emissions targets, and to report on progress made in preparing for climate change.

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2 May 2019

Sounds great, where's the push for government to implement the infrastructure to support massive amounts of electric vehicles before 2030.

Are these "advisors" going to provide the billions in infrastructure spending required to curtail fuel-powered vehicles in favour of EVs?

No? - Didn't think so.

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If only these "advisors" could propose workable ideas, rather than pie in the sky bans.

2 May 2019
No, but seriously... 2030... BWAHAAHAAAAHHAAAA HAHAHA HAHAHA HAH!!!!!

2 May 2019

Presume they will be starting to build several nuclear power stations next week then? As well as charging EV's we will have to give up gas and oil heating and rely on electrical heating only. The electrical power demand of every house will far exceed its current capacity (as it will be electic everything, hot water, showers, cooking), even if the distribution and generation could cope, which it can't. Every street will have to be dug up and re cabled right up to every house, every driveway dug up, new bigger substations added, more pylons put in.And it will have to be nuclear, the country can't function without heating or charged vehicles because the wind didn't blow today.Or this could just be failed politicians trying to get some support by out-virtue-signalling each other with various elections happening...hmmm

2 May 2019
The Apprentice wrote:

.....every driveway dug up,...

The thousands of people who already have Teslas, LEAFs etc will they have to have their drive dug up, only they didin't first time round?

 

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

2 May 2019
xxxx wrote:

The Apprentice wrote:

.....every driveway dug up,...

The thousands of people who already have Teslas, LEAFs etc will they have to have their drive dug up, only they didin't first time round?

 

....if the Teslas had a Supercharger installed, then they most likely did - yep.

In order to charge future EVs (up to 800+ volts) even higher capacity cables will be needed - hence the need to dig up entire streets.

2 May 2019
CarNut170 wrote:

xxxx wrote:

The Apprentice wrote:

.....every driveway dug up,...

The thousands of people who already have Teslas, LEAFs etc will they have to have their drive dug up, only they didin't first time round?

 

....if the Teslas had a Supercharger installed, then they most likely did - yep.

In order to charge future EVs (up to 800+ volts) even higher capacity cables will be needed - hence the need to dig up entire streets.

So did ALL LEAF owners have to have their dive dug up as well?

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

2 May 2019
xxxx wrote:

CarNut170 wrote:

xxxx wrote:

The Apprentice wrote:

.....every driveway dug up,...

The thousands of people who already have Teslas, LEAFs etc will they have to have their drive dug up, only they didin't first time round?

 

....if the Teslas had a Supercharger installed, then they most likely did - yep.

In order to charge future EVs (up to 800+ volts) even higher capacity cables will be needed - hence the need to dig up entire streets.

So did ALL LEAF owners have to have their dive dug up as well?

You not grasping the bigger picture which I did explain. As well as switching to EV's carbon based domestic fuels will have to end too.

a house running a 32A EV charger, 20A of heating, 10A of instant hot water heating, 12A cooker, 45A electric shower, 8A tumble drier ect adds up to a lot more than an 80A domestic feed.And with future proper long range EV's people will need better than 32A chargers probably 50A plus. I believe houses will need upgrading to 150A - 200A systems. So yes digging up driveways. Maybe not tomorrow but eventually.Nuclear is the only zero emission way of making vast amounts of electricity reliably 24 hours a day that is currently known to mankind. There is no other option. 

2 May 2019
The Apprentice wrote:

Presume they will be starting to build several nuclear power stations next week then? As well as charging EV's we will have to give up gas and oil heating and rely on electrical heating only. The electrical power demand of every house will far exceed its current capacity (as it will be electic everything, hot water, showers, cooking), even if the distribution and generation could cope, which it can't. Every street will have to be dug up and re cabled right up to every house, every driveway dug up, new bigger substations added, more pylons put in.And it will have to be nuclear, the country can't function without heating or charged vehicles because the wind didn't blow today.Or this could just be failed politicians trying to get some support by out-virtue-signalling each other with various elections happening...hmmm

Nonsense, no dirty nuclear is needed, ever. There is a way that we could reduce carbon emissions by about twice as much as we could than by banning ICE vehicles and STILL use ICE vehicles - all we gotta do is stop eating meat, the production of which creates more than twice as much carbon emissions as all road transport added together. Sadly most  people wont do that cos they love the taste of meat, despite the health problems eating it more than a few times a week causes, despite the huge amounts of carbon produced by it and despite the huge amount of suffering it causes.

XXXX just went POP.

2 May 2019
typos1 wrote:

The Apprentice wrote:

Presume they will be starting to build several nuclear power stations next week then? As well as charging EV's we will have to give up gas and oil heating and rely on electrical heating only. The electrical power demand of every house will far exceed its current capacity (as it will be electic everything, hot water, showers, cooking), even if the distribution and generation could cope, which it can't. Every street will have to be dug up and re cabled right up to every house, every driveway dug up, new bigger substations added, more pylons put in.And it will have to be nuclear, the country can't function without heating or charged vehicles because the wind didn't blow today.Or this could just be failed politicians trying to get some support by out-virtue-signalling each other with various elections happening...hmmm

Nonsense, no dirty nuclear is needed, ever. There is a way that we could reduce carbon emissions by about twice as much as we could than by banning ICE vehicles and STILL use ICE vehicles - all we gotta do is stop eating meat, the production of which creates more than twice as much carbon emissions as all road transport added together. Sadly most  people wont do that cos they love the taste of meat, despite the health problems eating it more than a few times a week causes, despite the huge amounts of carbon produced by it and despite the huge amount of suffering it causes.

You're correct, methane's greenhouse effect is about 40% more than that of CO2 by unit weight - but "carbon emissions" generally refer to gasses produced by combustion.

Also "dirty nuclear" isn't really a thing. It produces zero greenhouse gasses - just nuclear waste.

Nuclear waste, which cutting edge research can turn into battery cells. Within a decade we'll be digging out as much as we can find to make batteries.

2 May 2019
typos1 wrote:

... all we gotta do is stop eating meat, the production of which creates more than twice as much carbon emissions as all road transport added together.

It's more complex than that.

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