Hybrids and Zero Emission Vehicle Mandates – the rental and leasing perspective

The BVRLA has responded to the Government’s consultation on a new CO2 regulatory framework for new vehicle sales, highlighting some of the potential impacts on the fleet sector and how to mitigate against these risks.

The consultation had two key elements, the definition of hybrids and introducing a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) sales mandate.

When it comes to hybrids, the Government put forward three options for defining Significant Zero Emission Capability (SZEC). In response the BVRLA stressed the potential importance of hybrids where battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are not a viable solution and urged the Government not to legislate them out of the market before 2035 by introducing over-stringent SZEC regulation. 

On the question of whether to introduce a form of ZEV mandate or more stringent CO2 targets for vehicle manufacturers, the BVRLA highlighted the risks and benefits of each option rather than coming down on one side or the other. 

The BVRLA response outlined the need to develop a scheme that could be impact-assessed on a regular basis, did not create an excessive administrative or IT systems burden, and which offered exemptions for specialist vehicles with onboard power requirements. 

For further details or to see a full copy of the response please contact policy@bvrla.co.uk