After running the story last week on the 2030 ban of new Petrol and Diesel cars, it was announced officially overnight, the original story is available to read by clicking here.
On this post, we will be bringing you reaction and comments from the industries leaders, this will be updated during the week.
Klarius response to 2030 ICE end of sale date announcement
Mark Brickhill, Chief Executive Officer said “Could the 2030 UK Government ban on new petrol and diesel only cars be good for the aftermarket?” Asks Klarius CEO Mark Brickhill…
“The answer, in the short to mid-term could be ‘yes’ if you look past the populist politics. Most manufacturers are introducing mainly hybrid vehicles now anyway, and plans for an electric-only future are hampered by lots of practical issues that are not going to go away any time soon. Internal combustion (IC) cars are also lasting longer too.
Modern Euro 6 vehicles are generally very fuel efficient and definitely very clean in terms of emissions; so the environmental argument is being addressed – while a more sustainable power generation infrastructure is built-up. What is clear is that the aftermarket will need to provide support for these vehicles for a long time to come.
The announcement simply underlines that plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and latest generation of mild hybrid 48V (MHEV) powered vehicles are going to be the focus for the foreseeable future. Legislation aside, cost and practicality considerations also mean that this will probably be the case way past 2030.
Klarius along with many other leading manufacturers of automotive components and consumables will be there to support the replacement needs of all these vehicles – helping to maintain their emissions and performance standards long into the future.”
Ricardo response to 2030 ICE end of sale date announcement
Stephen Dyke, Managing Director said “The priorities announced in the ten point plan resonate strongly with those of Ricardo. Transport electrification is already central to our business, and we are actively assisting customers with the development of advanced battery electric and hybrid vehicles. In particular, we have developed deep expertise in the area of battery packs and sophisticated control electronics and software, in order to improve energy storage capacity and thus resolve the issue of range anxiety among prospective buyers of electric vehicles.”
IGA response to 2030 ICE end of sale date announcement
Stuart James, Chief Executive said “Whilst the Independent Garage Association (IGA) supports the government’s green agenda, the desire to push to a full Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) car parc by 2030 is very ambitious considering there are many issues still unresolved,” states Stuart James, Chief Executive of the IGA.
“There are a number of logistical questions that need resolving ahead of the ban. Electric vehicles are highly priced compared to their petrol and diesel counterparts, and the government needs to ensure that consumers have a more affordable choice to maintain their mobility.
“There are also many unanswered questions surrounding HEV battery life, the sustainability of producing these batteries, and charging point infrastructure. Many consumers are wary of buying a HEV, and until they become more affordable and the driving ranges are seen to increase sales, growth is likely to remain low.
“The independent garage sector is well positioned to support customers with servicing and repairs on these vehicles, and over the past five years have been preparing through over 5,000 HEV Awareness and Safety courses delivered by the IGA.”
“While the drive to reduce carbon emissions is vital for the long term future of our planet, the government has a long journey ahead to overcome these hurdles before 2030.”
NFDA response to 2030 ICE end of sale date announcement
Sue Robinson, Chief Executive, said: “The Prime Minister has confirmed that the UK will end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030. However, the Government will allow the sale of ‘hybrid cars and vans that can drive a significant distance with no carbon coming out of the tailpipe until 2035’.
“Franchised retailers play a crucial role in the transition to EVs and they have been making huge efforts to encourage the uptake of zero-emission vehicles, engaging with consumers and informing them about the benefits of owning an EV.
“The new deadline is challenging and despite the continued improvement to the charging infrastructure, there remain a number of practical barriers to the uptake of EVs. It is encouraging that hybrids are being given a later phase-out date during this transition as they represent an important steppingstone technology for many motorists who are interested in buying an electric vehicle, but do not yet feel able to go fully electric.
“The current range of Government-led purchase incentives has been effective in stimulating consumer demand and retailers continue to work hard to improve public perception, as initiatives like our Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) scheme demonstrate. Strong incentives are key to ensuring the UK remains a strong consumer market for electric cars as the market begins to mature. We have to avoid a situation where the least well-off car drivers are deterred from buying a new car when the time comes to replace their old one.
“We will be liaising with the Government and look forward to further details on how it plans to incentivise consumers and support businesses.”
SMMT response to 2030 ICE end of sale date announcement
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “We share government’s ambition for leadership in decarbonising road transport and are committed to the journey. Manufacturers have invested billions to deliver vehicles that are already helping thousands of drivers switch to zero, but this new deadline, fast-tracked by a decade, sets an immense challenge.
“We are pleased, therefore, to see Government accept the importance of hybrid transition technologies – which drivers are already embracing as they deliver carbon savings now – and commit to additional spending on purchase incentives. Investment in EV manufacturing capability is equally welcome as we want this transition to be ‘made in the UK’, but if we are to remain competitive – as an industry and a market – this is just the start of what’s needed.
“Success will depend on reassuring consumers that they can afford these new technologies, that they will deliver their mobility needs and, critically, that they can recharge as easily as they refuel. For that, we look to others to step up and match our commitment. We will now work with government on the detail of this plan, which must be delivered at pace to achieve a rapid transition that benefits all of society, and safeguards UK automotive manufacturing and jobs.”
PRA response to 2030 ICE end of sale date announcement
Brian Madderson, Chairman, said: “The PRA supports the process of decarbonisation, but we need a comprehensive plan to reduce carbon emissions that works across sectors and industries, including aviation.
“The plan to ban sales of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by 2030 will force the UK to become dependent on Chinese battery technology. Our members strongly feel that government has not done enough to develop low carbon liquid fuels and hydrogen as an alternative to EVs, particularly when the German authorities are investing €7 billion into speeding up the market rollout of hydrogen technology.
“For context, the French government have announced over €30 billion worth of green funds, yet are sticking with a 2040 ban. Even with their sizable investment, they do not believe any date sooner is economically and practically feasible.
“Technical and commercial challenges remain in establishing the electric charging infrastructure required for mass EV take-up. This is particularly apparent at petrol forecourts where many of our members have abandoned plans to install ultrarapid charging points. This is due to a lack of local power sub-stations, onerous regulation and lack of return on investment.
“People driving used ICE vehicles are generally those with less disposable income. Penalising ICE drivers who can’t afford to make the transition to an EV is no way to foster a new market in alternative fuels and, as ever, the biggest tax burden will fall on those least able to afford it.”