In July 2020, we ran a survey asking current and prospective EV drivers for their views on the Government’s ambitions to bring forward the phase out date ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans. We received over 1,100 responses, which we used to feed into our response on the Government’s consultation. The overwhelming majority of our survey participants indicated that the phase out date should be moved to a date earlier than 2035.

EVA England, therefore, advocated for the earliest possible phase out date for the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans, which we see as 2030, and that the phase out should ensure that only new cars and vans with zero-tailpipe emissions are able to be sold after 2030.

In November 2020, the Government announced its decision to bring forward the phasing out of the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 – ten years earlier than planned – as part of the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.

EVA England welcomes the UK Government’s confirmed commitment to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030.

However, in the run up to the 2030 phase-out date there are still a number of challenges to be addressed, ranging from supporting motorists to be able to switch to electric vehicles in the most affordable way possible, to ensuring drivers have confidence in the UK public charging network.

Going forward, we intend to undertake more surveys in order to better understand what our members believe on all things EVs and the big issues facing EV drivers in England. This will inform our policy decisions going forward and ensure that our members’ voices are heard at both a local and national level.