The UK Government announced that the ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars has been brought forward and will now come into effect in 2030, with the sale of plug-in-electric and hybrid vehicles being given another 5 years until 2035 before also feeling the effects of the ban.
Along with the ban, the government have announced a new £20M fund to assist in the research and development of Electric Vehicle technologies. This fund will aid a large number of companies developing zero-emissions emergency vehicles, charging infrastructure and battery recycling.
The UK Government had initially introduced the ban on new petrol and diesel car sales with a 2040 deadline. However following criticism from green groups, including its own Climate Change Committee, over the policy’s alignment with the UK’s 2050 net-zero target, Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved in February to alter the deadline to 2035. 2035 is the date cited by the CCC in its initial recommendation’s framework on legislating for net-zero by mid-century.
Many car manufacturers have already embraced the move to electric vehicles with Volvo, Audi, Honda and many more all moving their brands to be all electric in time to coincide with the ban. EchoMaster welcomes this ban as it is the latest strike against the global threat of climate change.
We of course have a wide range of technology already available for electric vehicles, both passenger vehicles and commercial. We are happy to offer our selection of driving cameras DVRs, proximity sensors and OEM integration products for an ever-increasing range of vehicles to support the drive to a zero emissions future.
For more information on any EchoMaster products and to prepare your fleet for any future industry trends and regulations, please get in touch with our team who will be happy to help you with your unique business needs.