Commenting on the anticipated announcement from government that new diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the UK from 2040, Simon Heath, director and automotive specialist at KPMG UK, said:
“The 2040 target is a big aspirational headline. In reality, this would only apply to new passenger vehicles, and it’s likely to take a further 20 years to clear UK roads of traditional petrol and diesel vehicles. Other nations have been more aggressive in their approach; for example Norway has targeted 2025, despite the oil and gas industry representing 22 per cent of Norwegian GDP.
“Another big challenge will be commercial vehicles. Over 90 per cent of commercial vehicles are diesel and only limited alternatives are available presently. The UK will continue to move towards plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles and target this aspiration, but this will take time: only 4.2 per cent of new car sales last month were in this category.
“The Government needs to further consider the implications of the ban, as well as the huge infrastructure investment that will be required to install charging stations across the country.”
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