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UK Electric Fleets Coalition calls for 2030 diesel and petrol ban

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A coalition of fleets running more than 400,000 cars and vans wants the Government to bring forward the ban on new diesel and petrol vehicles.

The Department for Transport (DfT) is currently consulting on bringing forward the end to the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 to 2035, or earlier, and including hybrid vehicles for the first time. 

The proposals relate to new cars and vans - owners of existing petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans will still be able to use these vehicles and buy and sell them on the used market.

The UK Electric Fleets Coalition, run by The Climate Group in partnership with BT Group, wants a Government target of 100% electric new car and van sales by 2030.

The Climate Group’s CEO, Helen Clarkson, said: “We need to build back better from the Covid-19 crisis as we look ahead to next year’s COP26 climate summit.

“Scaling up EV (electric vehicle) manufacturing and the nationwide charge point network are both huge opportunities for jobs and growth in the UK.

“Businesses are making the switch themselves through our EV100 initiative and now they are coming together with a clear message to Government: match our ambition and help us move to clean electric transport.”

The UK Electric Fleets Coalition – Anglian Water, BT, Centrica, DPD UK, ENGIE, Fleet Alliance, Foxtons, Hitachi Capital UK, Iberdrola (Scottish Power), Ingka Group (IKEA), LeasePlan, Mawdsleys, Mitie, Natwest Group, Octopus, Openreach, Orsted, OVO Energy, Severn Trent, Tusker and Unilever – want a package of measures to boost the EV business case, stimulate EV manufacturing and strengthen the charging network.

In a policy paper launched today, the UK Electric Fleets Coalition is arguing for Government to set a target for 100% of new car and van sales to be fully electric by 2030 (with exceptions for the small number of vehicles where this may not be possible).

It is also calling for ministers to introduce a zero-emission vehicle mandate to require vehicle manufacturers to produce an annually increasing percentage of zero-emission vehicles and extend grants for EVs and charging points through to at least 2022.

Furthermore, it wants the rollout of public charge points across the UK for use by any payment system to be increased.

Philip Jansen, BT Group chief executive, said: “We have an outstanding record in reducing carbon emissions and have plans to be a net zero emissions business by 2045.

“The switch to low and zero emissions vehicles is a key element in our carbon strategy and this new partnership will be critical in allowing us to make the switch.”

Clive Selley, CEO of Openreach, added: “With the country’s second largest fleet of vans, I want Openreach to play a leading role in the UK’s transition to low carbon vehicles. But there are still some major hurdles to overcome.

“For example, the kinds of vehicles, scale of manufacturing, supply-chains and infrastructure needed to electrify large fleets like ours simply doesn’t exist today. So, we need Government support to make the transition faster and fuller, and the commitment to maintaining plug-in grants is a welcome first step.”

Globally, the 77 members of The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative have committed to switch over 4.5m vehicles to zero emissions and install EV charging at over 3,000 company locations by 2030.

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  • Edward Handley - 15/07/2020 16:08

    The UK Electric Fleets Coalition want the Government to ban the sale of new ICE vehicles by 2030. Quite a worthy aim in itself but despite the rapid technological improvements in electric vehicles, it is still an aspirational demand, and one that seems to ignore a number of practical problems. Reading the list of members of the Coalition is interesting - lots of organisations that use vans as mobile tool boxes or for local stop-start delivery work where electric vehicles are very efficient and where range is not such a big issue. These organisations do not need a ban on new ICEs - they will rapidly electrify over the next 10 years because for their kind of work, electric is going to be cheaper, so they will convert for economic and business reasons, but they should not try to legislate for the operators who need greater range or who need to work in areas where rapid chargers are not going to be available like the highlands of Scotland or Snowdonia. Electrification may be great in the big metropolitan areas where these fleets are concentrated, but for a farmer on the Yorkshire Moors in February a flat battery can be life threatening. When the temperature drops rapidly so does the range, and you cannot carry a spare battery like a jerrycan of emergency diesel. One size does not always fit all!

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  • Paul Gauntlett - 17/07/2020 15:51

    EV's - Just One Part of the Sustainability Journey I am a huge advocate of Electric Vehicles and sustainability more widely. As an industry we have created great awareness that EV's are an important thing we should be doing to cut carbon emissions and be more sustainable. I'm both proud of our customers and the actions we have taken to support them. However the reality is that Electric Cars & Vans are just one of several actions we need to take as citizens in order to rebalance. Its a great step forward to have an electric car but if we still have ancient diesel trains, inefficient gas and oil fired central heating systems, poor insulation, inadequate recycling facilities.... I'm really pleased that we already see a situation with cars that for many it is both practical and cost effective to make the switch now (no need to wait to 2030) and huge numbers of companies are already making great progress / the switch - as evidenced by the SMMT registration figures. Whilst an Electric vehicle for some-one with a private drive (and thus the ability to charge at home) or Vans operating from Depots is already practical now, even I remain less convinced that a blanket ban is going to be entirely practical (especially now hybrid technology is also included). I say this as unless a quantum leap is made in terms of battery technology / speed of charging / fast charge network and crucially on street charging infrastructure EV's still are a way off being practical for all. One thing we can be sure of - by 2030 every car and van driver wont suddenly wake up living in a property with a private drive. Thus we should continue to work hard to help companies make the transition to EV's and continue to promote how practical they are for soo many. With the development of technology, roll out infrastructure and the fiscal incentives the government has in place we will continue to see progress - I see us getting to 75% / 80% EV relatively easily. However as some-one interested in sustainability holistically I'd rather we did not encourage the longer running and inflating the market in old vehicles that a blanket ban might create but rather increase our focus on other ways we can make our environment more sustainable - a more balanced approach.

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