Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said he would like the Government to “thoroughly explore” the feasibility of bringing its current 2040 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars forward. Speaking at the Conservative Party conference to discuss the Tories’ new net-zero manifesto, Shapps said he will acknowledge the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) advice on meeting net-zero in the transport sector by 2050. The Committee states in its recommendations that the sale of all new, conventionally powered petrol and diesel passenger cars should be brought forward to 2035, if the UK is to decarbonise completely by mid-century.
Edie 2nd Oct 2019 read more »
Speed limits on motorways could go up to 80mph as drivers switch to electric vehicles, according to the Transport Secretary. Grant Shapps says he is exploring the possibility of increasing the speed limit on motorways and some dual carriageways having concluded that any increased pollution can be offset by the higher uptake of low-emission cars.
Telegraph 3rd Oct 2019 read more »
All new housing estates in Wales should be built with electric car charging points, according to an assembly committee. It warned a lack of public chargers meant the network could struggle to cope if there was a surge in electric car sales. Some motorists in rural areas said they would not switch because they feared not being able to charge their cars. Ministers say they are committed to developing a rapid charging network. The Home Builders’ Federation said there needed to be UK-wide standards and technology needed to be “future proofed” so it was not obsolete before people moved in. Currently there are 547 public charging points in Wales, of which 60 are rapid chargers. That compares to 12,763 in England, with 2,022 rapid points, according to Zap-Map.
BBC 3rd Oct 2019 read more »