UK manufacturers set strict new EV targets to meet Rishi Sunak’s petrol car ban

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Manufacturers will have to battle the “most ambitious” electric vehicle framework in the world to meet Rishi Sunak’s petrol and diesel car ban, the Government has confirmed.

UK brands must ensure almost a quarter of cars produced in their factories emit no emissions by the end of 2024.

Meanwhile, a staggering 80 percent of new cars sold need to be fully electric by 2030, slowly increasing to 100 percent by 2035.

The news slightly dilutes the previous Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEV) mandate guidelines which would have banned combustion models by 2030.

The Department for Transport made the new ZEV mandate changes a week after Mr Sunak delayed the petrol and diesel ban to 2035.

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Transport Secretary Mark Harper said the new updates had provided “certainty” for business and offered a “realistic” timeframe for families to plan towards.

He explained: “The path to zero emission vehicles announced today makes sure the route to get there is proportionate, pragmatic, and realistic for families.

“Our mandate provides certainty for manufacturers, benefits drivers by providing more options, and helps grow the economy by creating skilled jobs.”

Manufacturers who fail to meet the targets are expected to be fined with bills of £15,000 per car previously touted.

However, companies can benefit from a flexible trading scheme to ensure they do not go over the restrictions.

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This will allow firms to bank compliance in years when they exceed their annual targets for use in future years.

They can also trade them with other manufacturers that have fallen short of their goals.

Mike Hawes, president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) claimed industry would welcome the news.

He remarked: “The automotive industry is investing billions in decarbonisation and recognises the importance of the zero emission vehicle mandate as the single most important measure to deliver net zero.

“We welcome the clarity the mandate’s publication provides for the next six years and the flexibilities it contains to support pragmatic, equitable delivery across this diverse sector.

“Manufacturers offer a vast range of zero emission vehicles, but demand must also match supply – that means making ZEVs affordable by incentivising drivers to make the switch now and delivering the infrastructure to meet consumer expectations.”

Companies have already made progress with SMMT data revealing that 20 percent of new cars sold in August were zero emission.

Meanwhile, some firms have taken it into their own hands with Nissan admitting this week they would stick with the previous 2030 target.

Jakob Pfaudler, AA CEO, added: “Today’s announcement brings welcome clarity to help support investment in ZEVs and associated technologies and industries.

“Over time, and as part of a wider set of policies, it will help the UK’s motorists manage the transition and the AA will be working to give confidence to drivers during this period.”

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