The UK government will introduce tough new targets for electric vehicle (EV) sales in the coming weeks as part of its plan to phase out traditional cars. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is reportedly committed to banning the sale of fossil fuel-powered vehicles by 2030.
Although BMW did not make these targets a condition of its investment, they called on ministers to provide clarity on future rules. Companies want security to make informed decisions and investments. The UK government hopes these targets will give businesses the confidence to invest in more charging points, with 3,870 charging points installed in the last three months alone.
However, there was resistance from various groups. The Sun Online revealed the current electric vehicle charging chaos in rural areas, where more than 12 million people are fighting for a few thousand chargers. The Give Us a Brake campaign has called for the ban to be postponed until proper charging infrastructure is in place, and the government has also faced criticism from its own MPs.
Despite the challenges ahead, the UK government remains committed to halting sales of new petrol and diesel cars. They engage with the industry and work closely with companies as they advance their plans.