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OLEV opens consultation for 2035 petrol, diesel and hybrid ban

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is consultating on the Government's plan to end the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans by 2035 or earlier.

The Government is seeking views on bringing forward the ban date from 2040 to 2035 and wants industry views on the phase out date, the definition of what should be phased out, barriers to achieving the above proposals, the impact of these ambitions on different sectors of industry and society and what measures are required by Government and others to achieve the earlier phase out date.

The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2020.

When the Government first announced its intention to bring forward the ban, Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “It’s extremely concerning that the Government has seemingly moved the goalposts for consumers and industry on such a critical issue.

“Manufacturers are fully invested in a zero emissions future, with some 60 plug-in models now on the market and 34 more coming in 2020.

“However, with current demand for this still expensive technology still just a fraction of sales, it’s clear that accelerating an already very challenging ambition will take more than industry investment.”

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) also believes the 2035 ban is not feasible.

Christopher Snelling, head of UK policy at FTA, said at the time: “Unless the Government takes urgent action to solve the challenges around power supply and the availability of electric vehicles, it will not be an achievable feat."

  • Those wishing to contribute to the consultation must do so before July 31, 2020 via [email protected] or in writing to Consultation Response, Office for Low Emission Vehicles, Zones 3/29-33, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR.

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