The Ten Point plan says: Backing our world-leading car manufacturing bases including in the West Midlands, North East and North Wales to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, and transforming our national infrastructure to better support electric vehicles.
Progress: The UK Government has now agreed to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030 (later changed to 2035). The sale of hybrid cars and vans that can drive a significant distance with no tailpipe carbon emissions will be allowed to continue until 2035, at which point all new vehicles sold in the UK will be fully electric.
As part of the Ten Point Plan, £500 million was committed to grow the electrification of the UK automotive sector alongside a £1.3 billion investment to accelerate the roll out of charging infrastructure, with a focus on rapid chargepoints on motorways and major roads. In addition, Government committed to installing more on-street electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints near homes and workplaces to make charging as easy as refuelling a petrol or diesel car.
Eight months after the Ten Point Plan, in July 2021, the Government published its Transport Decarbonisation Plan for England, providing a roadmap for how the transport sector will decarbonise over the coming years. This included a world-leading intention to phase out sales of new diesel and petrol HGVs by 2040, subject to consultation – a commitment that was confirmed during COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021.
Additionally, the recently published Net Zero Strategy included several transport commitments, including an extra £350 million to support the electrification of UK vehicles and their supply chains and another £620 million for targeted EV grants and infrastructure, particularly local on-street residential chargepoints. The ambition is to put thousands more zero emission cars and vans onto UK roads through a zero-emission vehicle mandate.