ZEV mandate passed into law

The Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate was passed into law by the House of Commons last night (4th December 2023).

Earlier this year the Government announced the percentage of new zero emission cars (ZEV) which manufacturers are required to produce each year up to 2030, following the Prime Minister’s decision to delay the ban on new diesel and petrol cars to 2035. 

The zero emission vehicle mandate will require 80% of new cars and 70% of new vans sold in Great Britain to be zero emission by 2030, increasing to 100% by 2035. Crucially, it also keeps the original proposal for 22% of new cars sold next year to be EV and 10% for vans, but the next sales targets for electric vans have been revised for 2025 and 2026.

MPs have voted and passed the ZEV mandate into law with 381 ayes to 37 nos. It will come into force on 1st January 2024.

Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said:

”The automotive industry is investing billions in decarbonisation and recognises the importance of the zero emission vehicle mandate as the single most important measure to deliver net zero.

”We welcome the clarity the mandate’s publication provides for the next 6 years and the flexibilities it contains to support pragmatic, equitable delivery across this diverse sector. Manufacturers offer a vast range of zero emission vehicles, but demand must also match supply – that means making ZEVs affordable by incentivising drivers to make the switch now and delivering the infrastructure to meet consumer expectations.”

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