In around nine years, from 2030, the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars is to be banned in Great Britain. The government is moving away Boris Johnson their previous target by five years. Hybrid vehicles will no longer be registered from 2035 and diesel-powered trucks will be phased out.
To accelerate the transition to electric and hydrogen vehicles, new e-charging stations will be funded and half a billion will be allocated for the development of hydrogen technologies. The British Auto Industry Association called the new 2030 deadline “an immense challenge”.
The measures are part of a “10-point plan for a green industrial revolution,” which Johnson announced on Wednesday. The package also includes new billion-dollar investments in wind power and solar systems. According to Johnson, the kingdom is to become “the Saudi Arabia of the wind,” and by 2030 it will have enough offshore capacity with wind turbines at sea to supply all households with electricity. In addition, the government wants to plant trees annually from 2025 on an area of 30,000 hectares in order to bind carbon dioxide (CO2). By 2050, the UK wants to achieve the “net zero” goal of a CO2-free country.
The British government is also relying on new large nuclear power plants and mini nuclear power plants, for which more than half a billion are expected lb can also be issued. Johnson plans to provide a total of £ 12 billion (EUR 13.2 billion) for the “Green Industrial Revolution”. This would “create or support” 250,000 jobs, the Prime Minister vaguely said. His strategy also aims to revitalize the economically backward old industrial cities and regions in northern England, which are also particularly suffering from the Corona crisis.
Business associations largely welcomed the premier’s announcements. “This plan is a clear statement of intent from the government. It is a stepping stone to huge opportunities for nationwide investment and green jobs, ”said Josh Hardie, general manager of the CBI business association.
However, the ban on internal combustion engine cars from 2030 is arousing resentment in the auto industry. There were protests as early as February when a ban on new vehicle registrations from 2035 was announced. The Association of the Automotive Industry SSMT called the shortening of the deadlines “extremely worrying”.
The automakers are “fully behind a zero-emissions future”, as the government has determined from 2050, and they already have 64 electric models on offer and another 32 will be added this year, said Mike Hawes of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SSMT). What is missing, however, is the demand for the still expensive electric cars.
The number of e-cars sold is increasing, but it is still very low. This year, almost 76,000 e-cars were sold on the island by October, a market share of 5.5 percent according to SMMT. Electric cars cost an average of about £ 10,000 more than a comparable gasoline or diesel car.
This is how big the price gap is between a VW Golf and the ID3, the cheapest e-car from Volkswagen. The state pays a grant of up to £ 3,000 to buy an electric car that cannot cost more than £ 50,000. The maximum allowance for vans is £ 8,000. The industry is scarcely calling for more subsidies.