2040 Fuel Ban: What Fleets Need To Know
The sale of diesel and petrol vehicles is due to end with a fuel ban in 2040 (maybe earlier). But how will it work and what will it consist of? Here’s what you need to know…
Preparing For 2040…Or Sooner
Current governments plans are to ensure all new cars are “effectively zero-emission” by 2040. This will, in effect, mean that the sale of both petrols and diesels will be banned after this date. Naturally, this has enormous ramifications for the automotive industry and fleets in particular. But there are still many question marks and calls for greater clarity. Take the use of the word ‘effectively’. This implies that some hybrids, for instance, might still be sold. Environmentalists, including a committee of MPs, are also calling for an earlier date of 2035; whilst the current Transport Secretary has humoured 2035. On top of all this are, at least some analysts, who claim that the ban is unworkable outright; drawing attention to the fact that only 1% of current models are zero-emission.
Why Is The Government Introducing A Fuel Ban?
Because it’s declared poor air quality to be “biggest environmental risk to public health in the UK”. The government has suggested that it’s linked to around 40,000 deaths annually. Nitrogen oxides are the most harmful pollutants and diesel vehicles produce the overwhelming majority of them at the roadside. The UN’s panel on climate change has also warned that “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” are required to combat the process. In addition, the government lost court cases and was found to be failing to act to reduce nitrogen oxide levels via former strategies.
What Does It Mean For Fleets?
It means that they’re going to have to start thinking seriously about all-electric and hybrid vehicles. The fuel ban will fundamentally transform current arrangements and staples of the industry. Crucially, however, it’ll only affect cars and vans. The likes of HGVs (at least under current arrangements) will be unaffected. We think this may change, however, as manufacturers start to unveil functional and practical electric variants; like the Tesla Semi. So it won’t hurt to keep up with developments in this field. Businesses will need to think about access to charging infrastructure, educating drivers as to EV use and securing appropriate maintenance providers.
Fleets that embrace a philosophy of early-adoption may secure advantages over their competition; especially in terms of exploiting the plug-in grant; which may disappear before long. EVs don’t also just represent a technical change, they promise a cultural one. This will require adaptations from management all the way to drivers. With calls to bring to date forward from 2040 to 2035 and even 2032, it’s better to act decisively than to get left behind. Either way, fleets can no longer speculate if they’ll embrace EVs or not. They need to think about when they’ll embrace them.
The Rise And Fall Of Diesel: https://autoserve.co.uk/motoring-news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-diesel/
Choosing The Right Fuel For Your Fleet: https://www.autoservefleet.co.uk/latest-news/choosing-the-right-fuel-for-your-fleet/