After the Government announced the 2030 ban on sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles, many were left questioning whether this move was too rushed. It acts as a huge stepping stone for the UK’s goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050, although it does put drivers in a difficult position.
The average lifespan of a vehicle in the UK is estimated to be around 14 years as some industry experts predict that this could hinder the progression of net zero.
While recent reports show electric vehicles are easily the largest growing vehicle type, many are still hesitant to adopt.
In addition to this, thousands of drivers still find petrol and diesel vehicles attractive and will continue to buy them.
Automotive makers around the world have also seen this shift, with most committing to only selling zero emission vehicles by a certain date, but are still focusing on petrol and diesel cars.
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For those in certain towns and cities, they will also benefit from avoiding congestion charges, clean air zone costs and the ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) in London.
Ben Nelmes, Head of Policy at New AutoMotive, commented on how the UK’s momentum could continue in the years to come.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “We want to see a lot of other governments and countries matching the UK’s ambitions.
“The 2030 phase out of new sales of petrol and diesel cars, it’s also got its zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate coming up.
With around 10 cities in the UK expected to launch their own clean air zone in the coming year, it shows that the journey to net zero is already in full swing.
The Green Alliance also stated that electric vehicles and schemes like the ZEV mandate could help boost the UK.
A recent briefing from the organisation read: “As the future of cars and vans is clearly zero emissions, manufacturers and countries that move faster are better placed to capture the global EV market.
“The Government’s leadership in this area has influenced the UK’s automotive manufacturers to pivot towards electric vehicles and has already unleashed a wave of business investment.
“This is creating jobs, helping to level up communities across the UK.”