The British government has announced a plan to ban the sales of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans in 2040, which would result in a nearly zero emission fleet as early as 2050.

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – June 2017

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – June 2017

It seems that air pollution issues (as we have seen on other areas like China) has encouraged the government to take bolder actions against petrol vehicles, as the electrification of every automobile in the future is planned.

"The Government confirmed today that it will end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040, as it unveiled new plans to tackle air pollution."

We assume that between the 2017 and 2040 there will be a gradual increase of EV market share, both organic and through new regulations to have to change be as least disruptive as possible.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said he hopes for almost all the cars and vans on the road to be zero emission by 2050:

"We are taking bold action and want nearly every car and van on UK roads to be zero emission by 2050 which is why we’ve committed to investing more than £600m in the development, manufacture and use of ultra-low emission vehicles by 2020"

The clean air strategy includes also includes £3 billion of new spending ($3.1 billion).

  • £255 million implementation fund for all immediate work required to deliver plans within eight months to address poor air quality in the shortest time possible
  • £1bn – Ultra low emissions vehicles. This includes investing nearly £100m in the UK’s charging infrastructure and funding the Plug In Car and Plug In Van Grant Schemes.
  • £290m – National Productivity Investment Fund. In the Autumn Statement 2016, a further £290 million was committed for reducing transport emissions which includes £100 million for new buses and retrofit (of which £40million is made available today), £50 million for a Plug In Taxi programme and £80 million for ULEV charging infrastructure.
  • £11m – Air Quality Grant. We have awarded over £11 million under our Air Quality Grant scheme to help local authorities improve air quality.
  • £89m – Green Bus Fund. The UK Government has invested a total of almost £89 million via the Green Bus Fund to help bus companies and local authorities in England to put over 1200 new low carbon buses on the roads.
  • £27m – Clean Bus Technology Fund and Clean Vehicle Technology Fund. Since 2013, Government has awarded over £27 million to retrofit almost 3,000 of the oldest vehicles (mainly buses) including through the Clean Bus Technology Fund & Clean Vehicle Technology Fund.
  • £1.2bn – Cycling and walking. In April 2017, the UK Government published its Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy which identifies £1.2 billion which may be invested in cycling and walking from 2016-2021.
  • £100m – National road network. Through the Road Investment Strategy, the UK Government has allocated a ring-fenced £100 million for an Air Quality Fund available through to 2021 for Highways England to help improve air quality on its network.

Details of the strategy can be found here: gov.uk - Plan for roadside NO2 concentrations published