Summary: Chris Grayling today (9 July 2018) released Road to Zero, a Government strategy document aimed at helping the UK deliver cleaner road transport, as well as putting the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacture of zero emission cars.
By 2040, no new conventional petrol or diesel cars will be sold. This was set out in last year’s nitrogen dioxide plan. Government wants to see 50-70% of new sales to be ultra‑low emission by 2030 and will review progress by 2025. Government has chosen not to prohibit the sale of new hybrid vehicles as part of this ambition.
Below are brief summaries of the key actions and policies Government will look to implement as part of its Road to Zero strategy.
- Government will take action to clean up existing fleet of vehicles including incentives to encourage production of advanced low carbon fuels, including the possible expansion of the use of bioenergy in transport.
- Government will consult on reforming vehicle excise duty to incentivise the purchase of low emission vans.
- Government has not committed to maintaining vehicle grants at current rates beyond October 2018. However, Government acknowledges that consumer incentives will continue to play a role beyond 2020.
- Government will continue to provide to charge at home, both on and off streets via the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme until March 2019.
- All new homes, where appropriate, will have charge point available. Government will be consulting on how best to achieve this.
- All new street lighting will include charge points where there is current on‑street parking.
- Government will consult this Summer on increasing the height limit for the Permitted Development Right for installation of charge points.
- Government will support the development of the public charge point network, including launching the £400 million Charging Infrastructure Fund.
- Government will consult on amending Building Regulations to require the provision of charge points in non-residential buildings such as work places. Government will also increase grant level for workplace charging scheme.
- The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulations 2017 and the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill will help customer experience of using charge points, allowing charging without prior membership or contract, mandating interoperability and certain technical parameters.
- Government will launch a £30 million vehicle-to-grid R&D competition.
- Legislation will require all charge points to be smart, reducing impact on networks.
- Government is launching an Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce in order to ensure energy system is ready for EV uptake.
- Government will take action to ensure grid connections do not become a barrier to development of charging infrastructure. Government will gather evidence on potential key network connection barriers (presumably including who will pay for ultra-rapid charge point transmission connections).
- Government will invest in electric vehicle R&D, targeting 2.4% of GDP by 2027.
- Government will provide £246 million to research next generation battery technology through the Faraday Battery Challenge.