2035 delay for ban on sale of new petrol and diesel cars
【Summary】The UK government has delayed the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars until 2035, facing criticism from industry figures. Auto Trader's commercial director expressed concern about the lack of confidence in the market and the barriers to electric vehicle adoption. Ford UK emphasized the importance of the 2030 target to accelerate their transition to electric vehicles.
The rumours surrounding the UK government's potential delay of the 2030 target for banning petrol and diesel vehicles have received criticism from industry figures. Auto Trader's commercial director, Ian Plummer, expressed disappointment, stating that the decision has left the industry and drivers without support. Plummer emphasized the importance of addressing concerns over affordability and charging infrastructure rather than creating doubt. He also highlighted that affordable petrol and diesel vehicles will still be available in the used market for years to come, and the announcement has eroded trust and confidence in the UK market.
Ford UK Chair, Lisa Brankin, stressed the significance of the 2030 target and the investment the auto industry has made to meet the challenge. Ford has committed $50 billion to electrification and plans to launch nine electric vehicles by 2025. The company has invested £430 million in its UK development and manufacturing facilities, with further funding planned for the 2030 timeframe. Brankin emphasized the need for ambition, commitment, and consistency from the UK government, stating that relaxing the 2030 target would undermine these factors. She urged the government to focus on bolstering the EV market and supporting consumers, especially considering the existing challenges such as immature infrastructure, potential tariffs, and high cost-of-living.
Stellantis, the group that owns Vauxhall Citroen and Fiat, expressed its commitment to achieving 100% zero-emission new car and van sales in the UK and Europe by 2030, regardless of any delay to the ban. Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), emphasized the importance of decarbonizing road transport for achieving net zero emissions. Hawes acknowledged the significant investments made by the automotive industry in electric vehicles and highlighted the need for a clear, consistent message from the government, attractive incentives, and reliable charging infrastructure to encourage consumers to make the switch to electric vehicles.
As this story continues to develop, more information is expected to emerge ahead of Rishi Sunak's formal announcement on the government's latest net zero plans. It remains to be seen how these plans may influence car buying decisions and the future of the automotive industry.
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