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Government publishes Road to Zero Strategy

Date: 09 July 2018

The UK Government has confirmed it wants at least 50% of new car registrations to be ultra-low emission by 2030. 

The proposals are outlined in the Road to Zero Strategy, which sets out plans to enable a massive expansion of green infrastructure across the country, reduce emissions from the vehicles already on the UK's roads, and drive the uptake of zero emission cars, vans and trucks.

As set out in the government's air quality plan, the UK will end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040. The Road to Zero Strategy will build on this commitment and outlines how government will work with industry to achieve this.

Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, said: "The coming decades are going to be transformative for our motor industry, our national infrastructure and the way we travel. We expect to see more change in the transport sector over the next ten years than we have in the previous century. 

"We are expecting our economy and society to experience profound change, which is why we have marked the future of mobility as one of the four grand challenges as part of our modern Industrial Strategy. 

"The Road to Zero Strategy sets out a clear path for Britain to be a world leader in the zero emission revolution - ensuring that the UK has cleaner air, a better environment and a stronger economy."

The government's mission, as part of the modern Industrial Strategy, is to put the UK at the forefront of an industry estimated to be worth up to £7.6 trillion a year by 2050.

The Road to Zero Strategy is technology neutral and does not speculate on which technologies might help to deliver the government's 2040 mission. The government has no plan to ban any particular technology - like hybrids - as part of this strategy. 

The government has already committed to investing £1.5 billion in ultra-low emission vehicles by 2020 and the Road to Zero Strategy outlines a number of ambitious measures including but not exclusive to: a push for charge points to be installed in newly built homes, where appropriate, new lampposts to include charging points, potentially providing a massive expansion of the plug-in network; and the launch of a £400 million Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund to help accelerate the roll-out of charging infrastructure by providing funding to new and existing companies that produce and install charge points.