The Government has confirmed that hybrid cars and vans will be excluded from its 2040 ban on petrol and diesel new car sales.
As revealed by Autocar in May, the Government’s new Road to Zero Strategy will allow electrified models to be sold, so long as they are classed as ultra-low-emissions vehicles (ULEV).
At present, these are cars that emit on average less than 75g/km of CO2, of which the vast majority are plug-in hybrids capable of electric-only running. The Government intends for at least 50% (it targets 70%) of new car sales to be of ULEVs by 2030.
Society of Motor Traders and Manufacturers boss, Mike Hawes, said that the allowing combustion engine-based powertrains to remain in production after 2040 was essential for the industry's transition to zero-emission transport. He said “The Road to Zero Strategy recognises the huge progress already made and the vital role conventional engines, including diesel, will continue to play in the transition to 2040 and beyond. The latest advanced diesels meet the world’s toughest emissions standards, helping to reduce climate change and improve air quality – while also providing affordable mobility to millions of motorists, particularly those that travel longer distances and deliver our essential goods and services".