With news the Government will begin to monitor the proportion of zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sales, car owners are being urged to understand the effects of the mandate.
The team of experts at LeaseElectricCar.co.uk have provided a breakdown of the upcoming mandate for motorists. It’s part of a wider Government Net Zero Strategy which aims to boost ‘green’ vehicle alternatives including a £620m cashpot to provide more electric vehicle charge points and other infrastructure to boost electric vehicle use.
The ZEV mandate is intrinsically linked to the Government’s announcement of the ‘Green Industrial Revolution’, banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030.
The transition is hoped to be sped up by the introduction of the zero-emission vehicle mandate, through applying additional pressure to big car manufacturers.
A spokesperson from LeaseElectricCar.co.uk said “We welcome the introduction of the ZEV mandate and look forward to seeing how effective it will be in de-escalating the contribution of greenhouse gas emissions.
“We think it is really important for steps like this to be put in place to allow the Government’s 2030 ban of new petrol and diesel vehicles to be much more smooth.”
Below is LeaseElectricCar.co.uk’s breakdown of the mandate:
What does this mean?
The ZEV mandate will enforce financial penalties on car makers who do not make a proportion of their sales from electric vehicles. The proportion of electric sales required is not yet confirmed, however it is said to be expected to go up in increments until the 2030 ban of new petrol and diesel cars.
The mandate is thought to be crucial to accelerate and complement the development of new electric vehicles ahead of the ban on petrol and diesel cars. The measure will also contribute to accessibility and affordability of EVs in the coming years, as cars bought today will build the secondhand EV market of tomorrow.
Why is the mandate happening?
In 2019, 122 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent was emitted by the domestic transport sector. These numbers make transport the largest emitting sector of greenhouse gas emissions, contributing a sizable 27% of the UK’s total emissions.
The mandate will seek to diminish the size of greenhouse gas produced by the automotive sector and is a part of the Government’s ambitious Net Zero Strategy, aiming to decarbonise the UK by 2030.
Other measurements being put in place as part of the approach to net zero include investment for on-street EV charging points, raising vehicle occupancy to encourage shared trips and getting more Brits to walk, cycle or use public transport.
What does this mean for motorists?
Although the ZEV mandate doesn’t look to directly affect motorists, it is a part of the wider Net Zero Strategy, an approach which will impact drivers with its ambitious plans. As a part of the strategy, the Government has pledged a budget of £620m to boost the roll out of EV charging points, with a particular focus on on-street, easily accessible points. This tactic, along with others, will encourage the purchase of electrical vehicles and will benefit both motorists and car manufacturers in the sale of EVs ahead of the 2030 new petrol and diesel car ban.
It is clear reaching net zero is essential in order to avert a complete climate emergency, so measures set out in the Net Zero Strategy and ZEV mandate are extremely important for all.
When will the mandate begin?
The Government will begin to tell car makers how many zero emission cars they will need to sell from 2024.