Banning sales of new petrol and diesel vans by 2030 without adequate infrastructure will harm operators, Logistics UK warns

Commercial operators will suffer if government moves to end sales of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans by 2030 are not supported by a nationwide roll out of a charging infrastructure.

The warning comes from Logistics UK and follows the government’s announcement last week that it is to bring to an end the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans five years earlier than planned – to 2030.

Denise Beedell, policy manager for vans and urban at Logistics UK, said: “With electric vehicles making up only 1% of all vans sold in the UK in 2019, bringing forward the ban on conventionally fuelled cars and vans by a further five years will cause additional difficulty for logistics businesses.

“While the logistics industry remains fully committed to transitioning to zero emission vehicles, with many operators already starting this process, an industry-wide adoption of the policy will only be possible if the government takes urgent action to support the reinforcement of power supply infrastructure required to run electric fleets, as well as introducing a fairer and more equitable way of funding grid reinforcements and energy upgrades.”

She called for government action to help cut the cost to operators of transitioning to EV vehicles.

“Currently, if a logistics business does not have sufficient energy supply to power its electric vehicle fleet, they must pay to upgrade the entire local electricity hub themselves which can cost more than £1m. This cost is on top of the premium to buy electric vehicles which are more expensive than conventionally powered vehicles; government action is needed to reduce these expenses.

Logistics UK is also calling for hybrid vehicles to be excluded from the ban.

Beedell said: “Hybrids offer a practical bridging technology for van operators wishing to move towards greener fleets but who are operating in areas where access to charging infrastructure or electric vehicle model availability is limited.”

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Commercial operators will suffer if government moves to end sales of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans by 2030 are not supported by a nationwide roll out of a charging infrastructure. The warning comes from Logistics UK and follows the government’s announcement last week that it is to bring to an end the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans five years earlier than planned – to 2030. Denise Beedell, policy manager for vans and […]
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