UK puts manufacturers under pressure

The UK has surprised the world by moving the ban on gasoline and diesel cars forward to 2030 and hybrid cars to 2035.

Like its European counterparts, the UK was aiming for 2040 for car dealerships to go zero emissions. The first decision dated back to 2017, but this past already seems far away. At the beginning of 2020, the date of 2035 was proposed to the government, with a possibility of advancement to 2032. Finally, the country will tighten the screws very seriously: the British government unveiled on November 18 its ambition to move to 2030! He proclaims himself thus “The fastest of the G7 countries to decarbonise vehicles and utility vehicles”. Be careful, until 2035, the country will still allow the sale of hybrids and plug-in hybrids. However, these vehicles must “To be able to drive a significant distance” in electric, unspecified.

With 2.3 million vehicles sold in 2019, the UK is Europe’s second largest car market, behind Germany and ahead of France. It goes without saying that he has a great influence on the choices of manufacturers. This new measure puts new pressure on the transition to electric.

The infrastructure too

This measure does not happen without the charging infrastructure, essential for the development of electric mobility. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged 1.3 billion pounds (1.45 billion euros) this decade to increase the number of private and public charging stations and stations.

582 million pounds (650 M €) are also released in the “Plan for the Green Industrial Revolution” for purchasing aid. To this, the government is adding £ 500m (€ 558m) over 4 years to finance battery production.

The plan also mentions the development of offshore wind, nuclear, green hydrogen and cycling. A consultation will also soon study the end of sales of heavy-duty diesel vehicles.


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