EVA England, as part of the Global EV Drivers’ Alliance (GEVA), is heading to COP26 to support the call for a faster global move to EVs. Specifically this means for all sales of new cars and light duty vans to have a plug by 2030 and to be 100% zero emission by 2035 at the latest in the 28 countries represented by GEVA. But what are the current government targets for phasing out new sales of internal combustion engine passenger cars globally?

As at June 2021 all targets announced globally for the phasing out of the sale or registration of new internal combustion engine (ICE) passenger cars are shown below.

The phase-outs called for in different jurisdictions vary in their timing and in their definition of what qualifies as a zero-emission, or non-ICE, vehicle.

The map highlights countries, provinces and states whose governments have stated an intention to only allow the sale or registration of new battery electric vehicles (BEVs), hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) by some future date. Norway is due to be the first country to only allow the sale or registration of new BEVs and FCEVs, by 2025.

Governments with official targets to 100% phase out sales or registrations of new internal combustion engine (ICE) cars by a certain date:

Targets to allow the sale or registration of new BEVs and FCEVs unless PHEVs are included in brackets:

2025

Norway

2030

Iceland

Ireland

Netherlands

Singapore

Slovenia (target to allow the sale or registration of new BEVs, FCEVs and PHEVs only)

Sweden

2035

California (United States)

Cape Verde

Denmark

Quebec (Canada) (target to allow the sale or registration of new BEVs, FCEVs and PHEVs only)

United Kingdom

2040

British Columbia (Canada) (target to allow the sale or registration of new BEVs, FCEVs and PHEVs only)

Canada (target to allow the sale or registration of new BEVs, FCEVs and PHEVs only)

France

Spain

2050

Costa Rica

From https://theicct.org/publications/update-govt-targets-ice-phaseouts-jun2021