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2030...35 deadline? Here's what you need to know....

Posted on Sep 26th, 2023
2030...35 deadline?          Here's what you need to know....

2030...35 deadline? Here's what you need to know....

In the world of automobiles and fleets, there’s one topic that’s dominated all headlines, column inches and news broadcasts this week:

Rishi Sunak’s announcements about changes to the UK’s net zero approach.

We've seen an awful lot of exaggeration and incorrect commentary on it, so we thought we'd put together a quick article to clarify what you actually need to take away from it:

#1 The deadline on petrol and diesel car sales has been pushed back by 5 years (but that might not last)

Previously, all sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles were due to be banned by 2030. Now, under a government led by Sunak, that’s been pushed back to 2035.

However, it’s worth mentioning that Labour has pledged to reinstate the 2030 deadline, and – although politics is a funny old game – they’re currently leading in the opinion polls.

Whether Sunak gets the opportunity to push back to 2035 remains to be seen, but I certainly wouldn’t be betting the house on it.

#2 The ESG agenda still remains key

For businesses that run fleets, the Environmental, Social and Governmental agenda remains critical, and a huge part of that is the decarbonisation of your fleet – if you are looking to decarbonise your fleet, you’ll find this article useful.

#3 EVs are still far more affordable for your employees

Using the salary sacrifice scheme, electric cars continue to be the best way of providing your team with vehicles at a lower personal cost – if you want to demystify salary sacrifice, and understand exactly how it works, click here.

#4 The Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate still stands

The ban on new sales may be pushed back, but the Zero Emission mandate is still here – this starts next year and requires manufacturers to sell an increasing percentage emissions cars. Next year it’ll be 22%, and increase from there.

Car manufacturers don’t appear to have changed course, despite the announcement; Jaguar will be all-electric by next year, Ford and Volvo plan to be all-electric by 2030

#5 Electric cars are still going out in their droves

53% of new cars supplied by leasing companies are zero emissions vehicles – the ball is already rolling, and I can’t see this announcement slowing anything down.

So there you have it – what you need to know about Sunak’s announcement.

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