As part of the 12 billion GBP Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, the UK intends to develop its strategy for zero emissions vehicles. This package includes a number of proposals, including:
- From 2030, there will be no new sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans, although hybrid cars and vans with longer distance capabilities can continue to be sold until 2035.
- a support package of GBP 2.8 billion to car manufacturing in the UK in the West Midlands, Wales and the North, bringing jobs and investment back into the UK, while simultaneously reducing GHG emissions and improving air quality.
- GBP 1 billion of funding to support the electrification of UK vehicles and their supply chains, including developing 'gigafactories' in the UK to produce the batteries needed at scale. The first GBP 500 million investment will focus on supporting the transformation of the UK automotive sector to shift to electric vehicle production.
- GBP 1.3 billion to support charging infrastructure, targeting support on rapid charging points on motorways and major roads to reduce range anxiety surrounding long journeys using EVs.
- Provide GBP 583 million to extend plug-in vehicle incentives to 2022 to 2023 to reduce prices for consumers.
- a GBP 20 million investment in freight trials for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) to pioneer hydrogen and other zero emission lorries, to support industry to develop cost-effective zero-emission HGVs in the UK.
These actions are expected to deliver around 40 000 new jobs in 2030, attract around GBP 3 billion of private investment by 2026, while delivering greenhouse gas reductions of around 5 million tonnes of CO2 to 2032 and 300 million tonnes of CO2 to 2050.