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Government clarifies steps car makers must take to meet 2035 zero emission deadline

 Published 4th October 2023
Low Emission Vehicles 

Following the destabilising change in date to the Government's ban on new petrol and diesel cars, the Department for Transport has announced its Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate remains in place.

The ZEV says that 22% of a car maker's sales must be zero emission in 2024, rising to 80% in 2030 and 100% in 2035.

“At Gateway2Lease we think this brings an element of stability back to what had been a confusing period over the Government's environmental messaging,” said Rob Marshall, Operations Director of Gateway2Lease.

“It certainly reinforces our own belief that the direction for fleet and companies driven by Environmental, Social and Governance agendas is electric and we will continue to assist those businesses to go green.”

The Department for Transport said that the move to end petrol and diesel new car sales in 2035 provided certainty for manufacturers and would help families make the switch to electric by providing more time for the second-hand EV market to grow and charging to roll out more widely across the country.

Transport Secretary, Mark Harper, commented:

“The path to zero emission vehicles announced today makes sure the route to get there is proportionate, pragmatic and realistic for families. Our mandate provides certainty for manufacturers, benefits drivers by providing more options and helps grow the economy by creating skilled jobs.” The Chief Executive of the British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association added:

“Last week's announcement by the Prime Minister created a wave of uncertainty. Businesses planning their decarbonisation journeys need to be sure of their destination and deadline. This ZEV mandate clarity will wrestle back some of the confidence that last week's Phase-Out delay dented.”

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