The Government has set out the next steps towards its ban on the sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE) cars and vans in 2030, starting with a consultation this year on which hybrid vehicles will remain on sale from 2030 to 2035.
When the Government announced the phase-out dates, it said that only hybrid cars and vans that could drive a ‘significant distance’ with no carbon coming out of the tailpipe, would remain on sale until 2035.
The consultation will determine the definition of ‘significant zero emission capability’.
The Government will also consider a very limited range of derogations to the phase out dates for specialist vehicles, including military service and emergency vehicles, and for parts of the market which may need further time to transition, such as small volume manufacturers.
It said that it will “consult on these derogations in due course”.
The consultations will be followed by a delivery plan this year which will “set out major milestones towards the phase out dates and committed spending and regulatory measures”.
The Government said it will monitor progress against the plan and report publicly on an annual basis, with a full a review of progress towards the phase out dates taking place by 2025.
In publishing its response today to the consultation on ending the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans, the Government reiterated that it takes a “technology neutral approach” on how the transition to zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) will be achieved.
“While it is true that battery electric vehicles (BEVs) dominate the current ZEV market, we recognise the potential of hydrogen as another solution for zero emission transport, particularly for heavier road vehicles,” it said.
The Government will discuss the potential role for hydrogen in decarbonising the transport sector, including road transport in its delayed transport decarbonisation plan, which is due to be published this year.
A separate hydrogen strategy, also expected this year, will set how the UK hydrogen economy will be developed, including how the Government will work with industry to create 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production for use across the economy by 2030.
The Government has said it will consult the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) industry before making a decision on bringing in a diesel ban for those vehicles from 2030.