The UK government has formally announced its much-anticipated plan to ban the sale of combustion engine years by the year 2030, as part of a broader ‘ten point plan’ for a ‘green industrial revolution’. Though the broader policy focuses on jobs, technology, investment and industry, the transport component is substantial, and brings forward a ban set less than a year ago for 2040 to the year 2030, making this policy a stark and imminent reality for UK companies and consumers alike.
The announcement comes only hours after a new alliance between Tesla, Rivian and Uber was announced in Washington, named “Zeta 2030“, targeting 100% electric vehicle sales as market share by 2030. The move has been spurred by the breaking of the alliance between US utilities and fossil fuel companies, with the former turning to electric vehicles in response to that falling out, writes The Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer.
These new 2030 ambitions come at a time when the growth of zero emissions vehicles in the UK is increasing, but at a rate that is too slow for the country to be on track to hit emissions targets. The market share of electric vehicles in new car sales grew from 0.9% in 2019 to 4.6% in 2020. At this rate of growth, it would be another 25 years before EVs came to dominate new car sales. This has brought the attention of an active policy to ban the sale of combustion engines to the attention of climate policymakers and climate groups […]