Comment on zero emission vehicle mandate

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By George Smeeton

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Commenting on the zero emission vehicle mandate published today by the Government [1], Colin Walker, Head of Transport at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said:

“A new electric car today is a second hand EV in about three years time which is cheaper to drive at around the same sticker price as a second hand petrol car. The mandate will give motorists buying second hand a wider choice and the chance to fill up the ‘tank’ for as little as a fiver and save more than £1200 a year.

“The extra EVs that will be made available on the second hand market through the introduction of a ZEV mandate will save UK drivers an extra £16.5bn in motoring costs in the coming years. [2]

“This Government’s policy will make motorists richer and motoring cleaner and quieter – the best way that the Prime Minister can demonstrate he is on the side of motorists. His recent U-turn on the phase-out of new petrol cars left car manufacturers and investors shaken, damaging the UK’s appeal as a place to do business. This move will go some way to reassuring them assuming no further U-turns on the net zero transition follow. The stakes are huge. Should the UK car industry be unable to make the transition to building EVs, export revenues could collapse by more than £13bn in 2030 alone. [3]

“The fact that fleets are leading the way in driving up EV sales is good news for motorists as it mean more affordable EVs coming on to the second hand market sooner.”


Notes to editors:

1. The Government’s zero emission vehicle mandate requires 80% of new cars and 70% of new vans sold in Great Britain to be zero emission by 2030, increasing to 100% by 2035. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-sets-out-path-to-zero-emission-vehicles-by-2035

2. ECIU: Families’ £1,200 a year motoring saving at stake in Government EV policy: https://eciu.net/media/press-releases/2023/new-analysis-families-1-200-a-year-motoring-saving-at-stake-in-government-ev-policy

3. ECIU: Failure to develop electric car industry puts £13bn of UK exports in jeopardy: https://eciu.net/media/press-releases/2023/failure-to-develop-electric-car-industry-puts-13bn-of-uk-exports-in-jeopardy

For more information or for interview requests:

George Smeeton, Head of Communications, ECIU, Tel: 07894 571 153, email: george.smeeton@eciu.net