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Quick-fire petrol and diesel ban survey for fleets

Fleet News is asking fleet decision-makers for their views on the diesel and petrol, new car and van ban from 2030.

The quick-fire multiple-choice survey will take no longer than 3 minutes to complete and will give Fleet News a valuable snapshot of the industry’s mood following the Government’s landmark decision.

Ministers had originally announced that restrictions on the sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE) cars and vans would be implemented from 2040.

However, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced last week the ban would be brought forward by 10 years. The Government has also said it will ban the sale of new hybrid cars and vans from 2035.

The Government says it will continue to allow the sale of hybrid cars and vans that can drive a “significant distance with no carbon coming out of the tailpipe” until 2035.

Speaking at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle conference, following the Government announcement on the petrol and diesel ban,  Natasha Robinson, head of OLEV, said: “That means for example plug-in hybrids and what are called full hybrids would count, but what are known as mild hybrids, which just help with acceleration and deceleration, wouldn’t necessarily count as having significant zero emission capability."

What constitutes significant zero emission miles hasn’t been decided yet, she said.

“What we are looking at is the really cleanest vehicles that are out there where the battery should be able to operate independently, so we would expect them to be able to operate as a zero emission vehicles for a certain amount of time – we will be talking to industry and talking to others more widely around defining that more tightly over the coming months – but at the moment just to be clear what we are looking at is those plug-in and full hybrids.”

Full hybrids include the likes of the Toyota Prius and the Kia Niro, while mild hybrids, which are rapidly becoming the norm on most engines, are offered by Ford, with MHEV engines on the Fiesta, Puma and Focus.

The BMW 320d and 520d are now mild hybrid too, while Volvo has all but one of its petrol or diesel engines as mild hybrid now (badged B instead of D or T).

The new dates have brought the transition to alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) into sharper focus for fleets, with the new rules just a couple of replacement cycles away.

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