SPAL was interested to read the news in the FT this week - UK admits giving concessions on hybrids to protect car plants - that since the proposal to new ban petrol and diesel cars by 2030 and only allow ‘some hybrids’, there has been an amendment for sales of full hybrids to continue until 2035.
The decision has been taken to protect automotive production in the UK but it has also been recognised that hybrid technology is a natural stepping stone that builds confidence in consumers to choose to go fully electric with their next car.
Of course, what constitutes an acceptable performance in a hybrid is still an issue for debate, as the wording states the cars will have to be able to ‘drive a significant distance with zero emissions’ which would have to be clarified. According to SMMT figures, currently 22% of cars sold in the UK would qualify.
However, the article points out that an EU-wide rule that CO2 emissions are cut by 37.5% by the end of the decade compared with the start, will mean that ICE vehicles will need to be phased out. A recent report by LMC published prior to the announcement of the 2030 ban, forecasted that engine-only vehicles would account for 8% of sales by the end of the decade; while battery cars would rise to 40% and the remainder would comprise hybrid or hydrogen fuel cell.
SPAL is pleased that the concessions will establish some middle ground having always maintained that a mix of options is the best approach; and that hybrids have been granted extra time on the journey to zero emissions.
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