UK government released the delivery plan to transition to zero-emission cars and vans by 2035 and the infrastructure required to support it

by Jul 15, 2021

UK government has released a detailed report on its plan to decarbonize cars and vans by 2035. The timeline for the important steps are as following 2021: UK is to host COP26 (Climamte Change Conference) in Glasgow later in the year and Infrastructure schemes are to be expanded: • EV Homecharge Scheme opened to renters, leaseholders and flats • Workplace Charging Scheme opened to charities and SMEs • On-street residential scheme opened for larger projects  2022: Local EV infrastructure will be launched along with the EV Homecharge Scheme will focus on renters, leaseholders and those living in flats. 2023: 6 rapid chargepoints (>=43kW) at every service area at the motorway. 2024: Potential date for introduction of a new road vehicle CO2 emissions regulatory regime. 2025: Favorable company car tax rates for zero emission cars until at least March 2025. 2030: At least 2,500 high powered chargepoints across the strategic road network and sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans to be phased out. 2035: All new cars and vans to be 100% zero emission at the tailpipe. For the uptake of Zero-emission vehicles, the key strategy points include:  1. Aim to introduce a new road vehicle CO2 emissions regulatory regime in 2024 2. Investment of £582 million for the plug-in grants to reduce zero emission vehicle sticker price until at least 2022/23 3. Zero emission cars will receive favorable company car tax rates until at least March 2025. For charging infrastructure roll out to support all the EV implementation the government has pledged to the following: 1.Investment of £1.3 billion to accelerate the rollout of charging infrastructure on motorways, on streets, in homes and workplaces 2. Will publish an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy in 2021 3. Ofgem has published a consultation covering distribution network connection charging with changes expected to come into force in 2023 4. Will continue to fund grants for chargepoints in homes, workplaces and on-street until at least 2024/25 5.Will regulate to improve the consumer experience at public chargepoints in 2021 6. We will regulate for infrastructure provision in new homes in 2021. UK government has also launched a design project for chargepoints focusing on iconic design, accessibility and functionality. For charging infrastructure the important points include: Introduction of regulations in 2021 to ensure all private chargepoints have smart capability 2. Publish a consultation in 2021 to ensure battery recycling legislation is fit for purpose 3. We will continue to progress research and other initiatives to reduce our dependency on raw mineral supply and make better use of global resources.  Link to the news: