The Transport Secretary has set out the Government’s ambition to see at least half of new cars to be ultra low emission by 2030 as part of plans to “make the UK the best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle”.
The proposals are outlined in its Road to Zero Strategy, which it says sets out plans to enable a massive expansion of green infrastructure across the country, reduce emissions from the vehicles already on the UK’s roads, and drive the uptake of zero emission cars, vans and trucks.
The Strategy outlines a push for chargepoints to be installed in newly built homes, where appropriate, while also helping fund the installation of charge points in existing homes. It is wants new lampposts to include charging points, potentially providing a “massive expansion” of the plug-in network, and is creating a new £40 million programme to develop and trial innovative, low cost wireless and on-street charging technology.
It has repeated its commitment to end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040 and says that the government will work alongside industry, businesses, academia, consumer groups, devolved administrations, environmental groups, local government and international partners to enable the deployment of one of the best electric vehicle infrastructure networks in the world and prepare for a greener future for the UK’s roads.
Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, said, “The coming decades are going to be transformative for our motor industry, our national infrastructure and the way we travel. We expect to see more change in the transport sector over the next 10 years than we have in the previous century. We are expecting our economy and society to experience profound change, which is why we have marked the Future of mobility as one of the 4 grand challenges as part of our modern Industrial Strategy.
“The Road to Zero Strategy sets out a clear path for Britain to be a world leader in the zero emission revolution – ensuring that the UK has cleaner air, a better environment and a stronger economy.”
It says the initiatives will set the stage for the mass uptake of ultra low emission vehicles and aims to ensure chargepoints are easily accessed and used across the UK, available at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers and will be smart ready.