The UK has confirmed that all new HGVs in the UK will be zero-emission by 2040. Furthermore, by 2035, the UK has committed to phasing out all-new non-zero-emission HGV’s weighing 26 tonnes or less. This is in addition to the UK’s 2030 phase out for petrol and diesel cars and vans. At COP26 a group of industry leaders and ministers committed to working towards 100% zero-emission new car and van sales by 2040 globally and 2035 in leading markets. At the World Leaders Summit, 30 countries agreed to make zero-emission vehicles the new normal by 2030 as part of the new Glasgow Breakthroughs. This included making them more accessible, affordable, and sustainable.
UK’s electric vehicle charge point concept
The UK government has revealed its new design for electric vehicle charge points. A design that could become iconic in years to come much like the Great British red post box or the London black cab. The aim was to design something inclusive and easy to use much like the traditional petrol pump. The concept also aims to increase excitement and awareness surrounding electric vehicles as the UK starts to build one of the most affordable and reliable charging networks across the globe. Currently, zero-emission vehicles are less expensive to run in the UK than petrol or diesel vehicles. In addition, it is expected that they will become less expensive to purchase in years to come as zero-emissions vehicles become more popular.
Transport Partner Paul Wormald commented:
The ability for goods and people to travel quickly and conveniently is key to an efficient economic system, however, this needs to be combined with a focus on sustainability and how our modes of transport, and transport infrastructure impact on the wider environment. The recent COP26 summit gave an opportunity for world leaders to set a framework as to how this may be achieved.
The commitment to phasing out conventionally fuelled motor transport will present a wide range of opportunities and challenges for many businesses across the whole economic spectrum, and it will be interesting to observe how these play out on a practical level over the coming years.
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