Scottish Government pledge to phase out all new petrol and diesel vehicle sales a full, eight-years before the rest of the UK.
Earlier this year, the UK’s Conservative government set themselves the target of removing all brand-new Internal Combustion Engine [ICE] sales by the year 2040. Now, in a bid to improve what they have called the ‘avoidable impact that poor air quality is having on people’s health’, the Scottish Government have made the same style pledge, but are aiming to have achieved it by 2032; a full eight-years before their UK counterparts.
“The Government has a manifesto commitment for almost all cars and vans on our roads to be zero emission by 2050. We believe this would necessitate all new cars and van being zero emission vehicles by 2040” – SNP Statement
Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP leader, has also outlined plans to ‘massively expand’ the amount of charging points within the country and to develop several projects that the SNP hopes will radically encourage electric vehicle take-up.
“Our aim is for new petrol and diesel cars and vans to be phased out in Scotland by 2032” – Ms Sturgeon
With other countries and cities also making similar statements as of late – including London’s Mayor Sadiq Kahn, who has set a target of the city being a ‘zero emission zone’ by 2025 – the charge towards an electrified future is increasing in pace.