]Four in every five vehicles sold must be electric by the end of the decade, ministers have told car bosses, despite Rishi Sunak’s decision to delay a ban on new petrol sales. The Telegraph has the story.
Mark Harper, the Transport Secretary, is understood to have told companies building charging points that the Government is pressing ahead with the so-called zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate, which sets sales targets that ramp up each year.
The mandate will require 22% of cars sold by manufacturers to be electric from next year. By 2030, the quota will gradually rise to 80%.
Carmakers that cannot hit the annual targets must either sell more electric vehicles in future years, purchase credits from rivals, or pay a fine of £15,000 per car.
On Wednesday, Mr. Harper told members of industry group ChargeUK that the Government was set to push forward with this plan, multiple sources told the the Telegraph.
Hours later, Kemi Badenoch, the Business Secretary, also confirmed the requirement for 80% of sales to be electric would be in place by 2030, during an interview with BBC Breakfast.
It comes despite the Prime Minister’s announcement on Wednesday that he was delaying a ban on new petrol and diesel car sales until 2035, arguing that the Government should not “force” drivers to go electric.
Except he will force them, just five years later. And he will force manufacturers to make cars even if no one wants to buy them – and thereby drive up the price of petrol and diesel cars so they’re unaffordable.
When will the Government accept that the problem isn’t 2030 vs 2035? It’s Net Zero.