All new UK cars to be zero emissions vehicles by 2050

Andrew Newbound

By: Andrew Newbound

A government agreement has been signed by the UK promising to continue its support of zero emissions technology and to endeavour to make all new cars emission free vehicles by the year 2050.

The agreement was signed at a recent climate change conference in Paris, where the UK was part of 13 international members of the Zero Emissions Vehicle Alliance. All 13 members signed the agreement to commit to an ongoing promotion for cleaner motoring and to eliminate transport emissions.

Signing the agreement means that the Government must make efforts to have all new passenger vehicles zero emissions vehicles as soon as is possible, no later than 2050. This means the goal could potentially be met before the deadline.

The agreement also states that the UK must continue to provide incentives to encourage buyers to choose zero emissions vehicles, such as tax breaks and the recent Plug-in government grant.

Additional notes in the agreement mention that the Government has committed to planning and investing in zero emissions vehicles.

Some of the other countries and states who signed the agreement include Germany, Norway, The Netherlands and California in the USA.

The aim of the agreement is to support climate change objectives including achieving a 1 billion ton reduction of greenhouse gas emissions per year by 2050.

The International ZEV Alliance was formed to help promote the uptake of zero emissions technology all over the world. Currently, the range of zero emissions vehicles available in the UK includes battery electric, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Customers in the UK are currently eligible to apply for a Government grant to help cover the costs of an EV.

Andrew Jones, Transport Minister, commented: “The UK already has the largest market for ultra-low emission vehicles in the EU, and the fourth largest in the world and today’s pledge reaffirms our commitment to ensuring almost every car and van is a zero emission vehicle by 2050.”