Major UK-based manufacturers accelerated their investment in production facilities to adapt to the electric vehicle revolution. Without elaborating, Stellantis announced that the Ellesmere Port factory would be the first to exclusively produce electric vans, just like Stellantis Vigo. To this end, she announced an investment of almost 120 million euros. Just as the factory begins production, the British government has announced that it will move the date for the planned sales ban on internal combustion engine cars from 2030 to 2035, bringing it in line with the European Union.
It was Prime Minister Rishi Sunak who this week confirmed what had been leaked to the media, a measure he described as a “new approach” to the fight against climate change. “We will facilitate the transition to electric vehicles. “Petrol and diesel cars and vans can continue to be bought until 2035,” he emphasized, adding: “Even after that, they can still be bought and sold used.”
The United Kingdom is once again joining the European Union’s plan to require zero-emission new cars from 2035. Of course, this comes at a time when manufacturers were already accelerating their investments in the country to serve consumers, thinking that the next seven years would be the last in which they would be able to sell their internal combustion vehicles.
In fact, the British industry association Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) stated that “confusion and uncertainty would only slow down the purchase of electric vehicles”. For its CEO Mike Hawes, the measure must be “accompanied by a package of attractive incentives and measures to accelerate the charging infrastructure to give consumers the confidence to switch.” “Manufacturers will continue to bring innovative new models to market, but the Consumers need to be encouraged to buy more than ever,” he said.