The march towards net-zero is gaining pace with the Government announcing ambitious plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030. BVRLA members are at the forefront of this change, as the purchasers of an estimated 80% of all battery electric vehicles sold in the UK in 2019. The destiny of road transport decarbonisation rests in the hands of the fleet sector.
- Supply – held an EV working group meeting to discuss what support is needed to incentivise supply to the UK post the UK’s exit from the EU and to develop an early understanding of the impact of a Californian ZEV mandate as advocated by Policy Exchange and several others NGOs
- Demand – held a workshop with the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles to discus the impact of the changes to the Plug-In Grant and to find possible solutions which would minimise the shock of any future changes
- Infrastructure – in recognition of the important role fleets have to play in decarbonising road transport the BVRLA has been invited to sit on the EV Energy Taskforce (EVET). The BVRLA is supporting modelling work which will assess fleets infrastructure needs to support the mass uptake of EVs
- Used BEVs – extensive engagement with government officials led to the BVRLA hosting a workshop with members enabling them to hear about progress in this area and providing them with the opportunity to shape development on issues such as battery health monitoring and used car labelling for BEVs
- Van Plan – the BVRLA has persistently lobbied Government for specialist support measures which will enable van owners/operators to shift to zero emission vans within the Government’s set timeframe – the BVRLA has published a van plan outlining special support measures needed
BVRLA members have embraced the challenge of transport decarbonisation and many have introduced internal ambitions for zero-emission fleets far in advance of the Governments previous 2040 phase out target.
However; one date will not fit all, there can be no single date for phase out of all new internal combustion engine vehicle sales. Every part of the fleet sector is committed to decarbonising, but some face a much harder challenge than others. Viewing the market as a single entity is simple but won’t work.
Alongside side this shift to electric vehicles, flexible, pay-as-you-go car use also offers a sustainable and inclusive decarbonisation option that complements active travel and public transport use by giving people the confidence to give up an older, more polluting, privately-owned car.
The BVRLA's work in this field focuses on three main aims:
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