Press Releases

Release Date: 17/NOV/2020

Electric Vehicle Association England welcomes Government’s confirmed commitment to end sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030

• EVA England, a consumer association offering a voice for electric vehicle drivers in England, welcomes the Government’s confirmation that it will phase out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030

• EVA England’s survey of drivers in July 2020 shows widespread support for the policy

EVA England welcomes the UK Government’s 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.

This decision supports ‘big picture’ issues such as the UK’s ambition to have net zero CO2 emissions by 2050 to combat climate change, and the urgent need to improve local air quality.

Even before this announcement, sales of electric cars were rising quickly – figures from October 2020 show that there was a 195% increase in the sales of battery electric cars compared to October 2019, whereas there was a 38% decline in sales of diesel cars over the same period – and most people say that they find EVs better to drive than petrol and diesel cars.1

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.

EVA England – a non-profit community interest company – has been set up to represent the views of EV drivers, as well as motorists who are looking to make the switch to EVs, in the run-up to the 2030 date for the phase-out of new petrol and diesel cars and vans, and beyond.

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s announcement that the government will end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, Gill Nowell, a Director at EVA England, said:

“We welcome today’s announcement and judging by the results of our survey of electric vehicle drivers that we ran in the summer, and through our engagement with both prospective and current EV drivers, so too does the EV community in England.

“Drivers that go electric in England typically do so as they are concerned about air pollution, climate change, or want to significantly reduce their fuel costs. Regardless of their motivations going into their first purchase, the majority find that they are just great vehicles to drive.

“Whilst health, climate and affordability are vitally important parts to this debate, we also see EVs as the go to car choice for many, as they become increasingly more affordable and available.”

The government has also announced that it will “allow the sale of hybrid cars and vans that can drive a significant distance with no carbon coming out of the tailpipe until 2035.” Although the details are yet to be confirmed, it is expected that this will primarily relate to certain plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and range-extended vehicles. Both of these technologies offer a stepping stone that has helped many motorists and commercial operators to make the transition from petrol and diesel engines to electric, and they can help to reduce vehicle emissions if driven primarily on electric power, but as they also have a combustion engine, EVA England also welcomes the decision to end the sale of such ‘hybrids’ by 2035.

The Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution also included welcome announcements about £1.3 billion funding for EV charge points, grants for those buying zero or ultra-low emission vehicles, and for the development and mass-scale production of electric vehicle batteries.

EVA England’s survey of 1,114 drivers in July 2020 highlighted that:

• 82% of respondents in England believe the phase out date for ICE sales should be moved to an earlier date than 2035.

• 96% of all respondents believe an earlier phase out would have a positive impact on public health.

• A majority (72.9%) of survey participants believe that an earlier phase out date would have a positive impact on the UK economy.

• 74% either agree or strongly agree that the automotive industry will be able to supply enough electric cars to meet demand.

• 78.5% of participants do not believe an earlier phase out date would put unfair pressure on the automotive industry and its employees.

EVA England will launch to members in early 2021. In the meantime drivers with EVs or motorists who are looking to make the switch can get in touch with the association via www.evaengland.org.uk

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Notes to Editors

Details of EVA England’s June 2020 survey of drivers in England can be found here: https://www.evaengland.org.uk/press-releases/

1 Vehicle sales figures from the SMMT. There have been numerous trials and surveys over recent years that show that the majority of people prefer the driving experience of electric cars and vans, for example, the UK’s largest ever survey of electric vehicle drivers and cleantech enthusiasts (7,723 respondents) conducted by Fully Charged found overwhelmingly, that around nine out of ten plug-in car drivers would never go back to petrol or diesel:

https://www.greencarguide.co.uk/2019/01/9-out-of-10-electric-vehicle-drivers-would-never-go-back-to-a-conventional-car/

About Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) England

Electric Vehicle Association England was established in June 2020 to offer a voice to current and prospective electric vehicle drivers in England. EVA England intends to offer services and representation to EV drivers and will be launching in early 2021. EVA England is a non-profit community interest company registered in England and Wales, founded by passionate drivers inspired by the benefits of electric driving and concerned by the health and climate impacts of the use of petrol and diesel cars and vans.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact:

Gill Nowell, EVA England Board Member and Media Liaison

Email: gill.nowell@evaengland.org.uk

Past Press Releases

Release Date: 06/AUG/2020

Survey by Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) England shows that 82% of drivers believe the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans should end before 2035

  • New consumer association set up to represent the interests of current and prospective electric vehicle drivers in England
  • EVA England survey shows that 82% of drivers believe the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans should end before 2035
  • 96% of respondents believe an earlier phase out date would have a positive impact on public health

EVA England has conducted its own survey in order to understand people’s views about the UK Government’s planned phase out date for the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans, with 82% of respondents believing the phase out date should be brought forward from 2035.

EVA England’s survey of 1,114 individuals – who were predominately drivers or prospective drivers of EVs, as well as other drivers who have not yet made the change – was designed to inform the organisation’s core views.

Responses to the survey were primarily secured in collaboration with the 35-plus regional electric car clubs in England, largely thanks to the EV Groups Nexus.

The survey highlighted that:

  • 82% of respondents in England believe the phase out date for ICE sales should be moved to an earlier date than 2035. 
  • 65% of respondents in England support a 2030 phase out date. 
  • 96% of all respondents believe an earlier phase out would have a positive impact on public health.
  • A majority (72.9%) of survey participants believe that an earlier phase out date would positively affect the UK economy.
  • 74% either agree or strongly agree that the motor industry will be able to supply enough electric cars to meet demand.
  • 78.5% of participants do not believe an earlier phase out date would put unfair pressure on the automotive industry and its employees.

Based on the results of the survey, EVA England will be encouraging the Government to bring forward the phase out date for the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2030. 

Other popular actions highlighted by the survey results that the Government could take would be:

  • Introduce a scrappage scheme for petrol and diesel internal combustion engine cars.
  • Continue to offer grants and implement a loan scheme.
  • Implement a seamless payment scheme for charging.
  • Implement faster investment by local authorities in public charging infrastructure.

Bridget Phelps, EVA England Chair commented:

“We are at a critical juncture in our country’s automotive history. Climate leadership demands that we move more quickly to clean our air. Development of electric cars and vans, their batteries, and renewable energy will create jobs and build a path to a more sustainable economy.”

Ade Adepitan MBE, Paralympic medallist, journalist and TV presenter, and Honorary Member of EVA England said:

“I thought I would miss combustion cars but after I went electric about four years ago, I’ve never looked back. I’m delighted to join EVA England as an Honorary Member and to do my bit to help smooth the transition to zero emission transport.”

EVA England will officially launch and welcome members later in 2020.