Road To Zero Strategy: Diesel, Petrol Cars And Vans To be banned?

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Why Are Diesel & Petrol Cars And Vans Being Banned?

In July 2018, the UK government announced its far-reaching ‘Road to Zero Strategy to lead the world in zero-emission vehicle technology’. The Road to Zero Strategy, is part of the broader UK industrial strategy designed to build a UK green economy ‘fit for the 21stcentury’.  This includes, sorting Roadside Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations (the “NO2 Plan”), increasing energy security, reducing air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. 

The UK government is obligated to achieving net zero-emissions by 2050. Cutting down the greenhouse gas emissions from transportation is key in achieving success. Transportation accounts for 27% of UK greenhouse gas emissions, with road transportation accounting for up to 90% of the emissions.  

Diesel and petrol internal combustion engines (ICE) are the largest contributors to road transportation emissions.  Tackling the use of environment damaging ICE engines is key in achieving the government strategy to lead the world in zero-emission driving.  We do not need an extensive memory to recall the ugly ‘dieselgate’ Volkswagen emissions scandal.  

So bottom-line, this stupendous initiative by the government is, to improve significantly air quality levels and reduce public health hazards for current and future generations.  In our view, one of the best initiatives announced by the government in regards to addressing broader issues of climate change.  A well deserved standing ovation for the Secretary of State for Transport

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Air Pollution From Industrial Activity

The UK is not the only nation to contemplate banning vehicles powered by fossil fuels.  Numerous European and non-European nations (India, China and Japan) are also in the process of delivering strategies to migrate to a low carbon economy.  The motivation for these countries are related to ‘national climate targets’ as per international agreements related to the Kyoto Accord and the Paris Agreement

Is The Ban From 2032 Or 2040? 

Some MPs have called for the ban on new petrol and diesel cars to be brought forward to 2032 (while some government advisors have suggested even 2030). They have also called on the government to increase investment into charging infrastructure, new technologies to support EV adoption and the speedy phasing out of polluting diesel cars.  The MPs point to the dangerous levels of pollution in key UK cities and in the increased incidence of health problem directly related to increased pollution from road transportation. 

Though the 2032 ban may seem ambitious for some, it is worth noting that countries like Norway and India have called for banning petrol and diesel vehicles by 2025 and 2030 respectively. In fact, Amsterdam has also announced phasing out petrol and diesel cars by 2030.  Certain organisations like Greenpeace, have also challenged the UK government to move the ban to 2030.  

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Petrol And Diesel Filling Stations

Salient Objectives From the Road To Zero Strategy? 

  • Put the UK at the forefront of design and manufacturer of zero-emission vehicles 
  • End the sale of new conventional diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2040 (NO2 plan)
  • By 2050 all vehicles on UK roads to be zero-emission
  • By 2030, at least half of new cars sold to be ultra low emissions, with a target up to 70%
  • By 2030, up to 40% of new vans sold to be ultra low emissions
  • Taking steps to accelerate the adoption of fuel efficient low emission vehicles by fleets and businesses 
  • Continue to offer grants for plug-in cars, vans, taxis and motorcycles

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In our view, the UK government will revise its ban date from 2040 closer to 2032, if not sooner. The UK is fast evolving to effectively achieve mass adoption of electric vehicles.  Some of these include:

We urge all aspiring buyers, private and business to take the step towards zero-emission driving now. Delaying will only worsen the negative impact on our families and future. We at e-zoomed are in a strong position to assist you to migrate to a competitively priced solution of electric road transportation.  

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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