Every new car, sold in UK past the years 2040 should provide at leats 80 kilometers of electric autonomy
Europe is running to cleaner roads and United Kingdom, together with Germany is leading the way or in other words, is setting the example for other countries. It was thus no surprise, when government recently revealed few details about its plan called 'Road to Zero', which is a plan to eventually ban all ICE-driven cars from UK roads.
According to British automotive car web side Auto Express, Royal government is planning to introduce a new law within mentioned plan, by which all new cars, sold after the year 2040 will need to provide at least 50-miles (80 kilometers) of range, when driving solely on electricity. For example, most hybrid cars of today like Toyota Prius can only provide 30 miles (50 kilometers of autonomy), which is not even nearly enough to meet the upcoming standards.
The news remains unconfirmed. On the contrary, a spokesperson for the Department for Transport said, that the plan is not prepared yet and should be confirmed by Ministers. Financial times is on the other hand reporting, that it spoke to three unnamed people, involved in this decision, who confirmed this details and added, that Transport, Environment and Business departments are involved in preparing this plan.
Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) also commented government plans, saying that British car manufacturing industry is supporting such actions and are already investing serious money in development of drivetrains that will fulfill future standards. On the other hand, he says government should be careful not to present unrealistic standards, that could not be met on time.
Apart from preparing new regulations, regarding future cars and their drivetrains, UK government is also working hard on establishing appropriate infrastructure. This includes investing hundreds of millions of pounds in changing road layouts, setting public charging infrastructure and even more to private charging stations in people's homes.