Boris Johnson says the new plans will create and support up to 250,000 British jobs while allowing the UK to “forge ahead with eradicating its contribution to climate change by 2050” in the lead-up to the COP26 climate summit being hosted in Glasgow next year.
Amanda Stretton, Centrica Sustainable Transport Editor, said: “We welcome the government bringing forward the ban to 2030 to encourage electric vehicle (EV) uptake, it’s something we’ve been asking for a while. However, it’s important that we now address the supporting structures needed to deliver the ban.
“EVs remain more expensive than petrol and diesel equivalents, so we are pleased to see further initiatives from the government in order to make the transition more affordable for all, including the continuation of support for charging infrastructure given the key role it plays. We support a Zero Emission Mandate for car manufacturers to ensure the new 2030 date can be met, but in the interim EV purchase grants will need to continue.
“But cost isn’t the only barrier; charging infrastructure and energy systems will need be upgraded to cope with the demand. For example, we are working with businesses to install smart charging systems which help automate charging at times which does not put pressure on the grid. This helps regulate demand and ensures customers get the best deal on electricity prices.
“For any customers who have been considering purchasing an electric vehicle but have concerns about costs and charging, our EV Top Tips offer some helpful advice to put your mind at rest and help you make the switch.”