Decarbonisation Policy Position Paper 2020

The BVRLA Position Papers outline the association’s views, objectives and engagement activity relating to key policy areas affecting the industry.

Calling for:

A policy framework that enables fleets and government to meet their net zero ambitions by:​

1. Supporting the decarbonisation of passenger vehicles

  • Use Research to assess government progress against the key areas of supply, demand and infrastructure

  • Engage with the Government to develop policy measures which support a managed transition to zero emission cars

2. Supporting businesses and individuals in changing their transport behaviour

  • Research and promote innovative policy initiatives that can help drive transport behaviour change  ​

  • Use BVRLA research and communications to demonstrate the sustainable transport credentials of the vehicle rental, leasing and car club sector

3. Supporting the decarbonisation of Commercial Vehicles

  • Secure a technological roadmap from Government that gives greater certainty around zero emission powertrain options for CV operators 

  • Research and promote innovative policy proposals that support decarbonising the transport of goods

Decarbonisation key messages

o Fleets are leading the charge to decarbonise road transport and our ‘Plug-in Pledge’ will see the sector registering 400,000 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) per year by 2025, making it responsible for 80% of new battery electric car and van sales.
o Every part of the fleet sector is committed to decarbonising, but some will face a much harder challenge than others. Government must deepen its support for those with unique challenges and recognise that battery electric vehicles may not be the solution for all user segments.
o Government must take action to ensure there is an adequate supply of electric vehicles, appropriate support for demand as well as sufficient charging infrastructure.
o Flexible, pay-as-you-go access to low emission vehicles offers a sustainable and inclusive option that complements active travel and public transport use by enabling people to give up an older, more polluting, privately-owned car.

Decarbonisation key asks

•Government needs a delivery plan that takes account of the many diverse elements of the new car and van market. 
•Government needs to provide focused and ringfenced support for vans.
•Government needs to ensure sufficient supply of vehicles to meet demand across different vehicle segments.  Fleets need long term certainty of fiscal support for zero emission vehicles. 
•Chargepoints must be accessible, affordable and reliable.
•Ofgem must review the current process for grid upgrades to minimise the costs and reduce time delays to fleets. 
•Any decision on hybrid vehicles must ensure there will be appropriate and affordable options available to fleets following 2030.
•Government needs a used EV strategy that protects residual values by ensuring there is a healthy second market for used BEVS. 
•Government must produce a powertrain roadmap for specialist commercial vehicles and HGVs.