UK Officials Think Country Should Ban Petrol And Diesel Cars By 2032

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"We understand the rationale behind wanting to bring forward the end of the sale of conventionally fuelled vehicles to 2032", said the organisation's head of roads policy, Nicholas Lyes.

"As the purchasers of more than 50% of all new vehicles sold in the United Kingdom each year, the vehicle rental and leasing industry is more than capable of delivering this transition to zero emission transport - if the government can provide the right supportive environment".

Rachel Reeves MP, chairman of the Committee, said: "For all the rhetoric of the United Kingdom becoming a world leader in EVs, the reality is that the Government's deeds do not match the ambitions of their words".

"The UK government's targets on zero-emissions vehicles are unambitious and vague, giving little clarity or incentive to industry or the consumer to invest in electric cars", she said.

In the wake of the IPCC report, BEIS has today (19 October) published its own report recommending that ministers should "bring forward a clear, precise target" of only allowing new zero-emission vehicles to be sold in the United Kingdom post-2032.

The report, published today, finds that the poor provision of charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) is one of the greatest barriers to growing the UK EV market.

However, the report raised concerns that a lack of infrastructure in the United Kingdom - such as charging points - could stifle progress.

Entitled electric vehicles (EVs): driving the transition, the report argues that the Government's current approach to electrifying road transport is "inconsistent", with the recent move to reduce its existing EV grant by up to £1,000 per customer, for example, standing in contrast to the aims of its Road to Zero strategy. "We need a comprehensive and joined up set of national and local incentives for electric vehicle users, plus a clear roadmap for how they will be taxed".

They added that regulations need to be introduced to provide an extensive, reliable ands standardised public network.

"The Government needs to get a grip and lead on co-ordinating the financial support and technical know-how necessary for local authorities to promote this infrastructure and help ensure that electric cars are an attractive option for consumers".

The "sudden and substantial cuts" to grants for plug-in vehicles were slammed, the committee calling for current levels of support to be maintained.

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Industry body Energy UK backed the plan.

And the Government should take more steps to encourage manufacturers to locate new EV facilities in the United Kingdom and re-purpose old combustion engine production lines for making electric vehicles instead of closing them down.

The report calls for greater investment in charging infrastructure.

LeasePlan UK welcomed the findings.

The report, which claims that "zero should mean zero", says that only cars with no tailpipe emissions should be allowed to be sold after the deadline.

Responding to the report, a Government spokesman said: "Our Road to Zero Strategy outlined our ambition for the United Kingdom to be the best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle".

"There is also the issue of supply and demand. If we are to be a world-leader in electric motoring then we need to encourage a behaviour change, and have policies in place to support rather than hinder it".

Meanwhile, Britain's energy industry association, Energy UK, came out in favor of an earlier start to the ban.

In response to today's BEIS Committee report, members of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have claimed that a 2032 target would be "unrealistic" for the automotive industry.

Chief executive Mike Hawes added: "Zero-emission vehicles make up just 0.6% of the market meaning consumer appetite would have to grow by some 17,000% in just over a decade".

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