‘Huge wave’ of EVs expected on UK roads ahead of 2030 car ban

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The UK Government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030, followed by a similar ban on plug-in hybrid vehicles five years later. Petrol, diesel and hybrid HGVs over 26 tonnes could be banned from 2040, subject to a Government consultation.

The Government first introduced the “historic step towards net zero” in November 2020.

Norway is set to ban the new sales of petrol and diesel cars from 2025, with electric vehicles accounting for more than 50 percent of car sales in the nation.

The European Union has also agreed to an effective ban of internal combustion engine vehicles by 2035, following a European Commission vote earlier this year.

Casper Rasmussen, CEO of Monta, spoke about how the various petrol and diesel car sales bans will take effect and impact drivers.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “If you look at it from a CO2 and emissions point of view, you want it to be as fast as possible.

“For an adjustment point of view for the different countries, I think it’s a fair place to put it.

“The different countries will come in with ambitious and aggressive targets. A lot of manufacturers in Norway have already stopped selling petrol and diesel cars.

“I think you’ll start to see these movements are happening. In 2030, it’s only seven years away, we need to swap a huge fleet. I think it’s a good target.”

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In 2021, European EV sales increased by more than 65 percent compared to 2020.

Despite this, the lack of EV charging infrastructure is still one of the biggest hurdles to mass adoption. 

Around 3,000 new public charge points need to be built each week for Europe to reach its target of operating one million charge points by 2025.

The driver experience of public chargers is often hampered by a highly fragmented ecosystem of charge point operators and owners.

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Mr Rasmussen continued, highlighting the supply chain issues making it harder for manufacturers to adapt faster.

He said: “Even the charge point manufacturers, they’re at full capacity and still going out and setting up new factories and that takes some time.

“I think we’ll see a steady increase and at some point when the supply chain issues get solved, we’ll see a huge wave coming where EVs can be delivered much faster.

“But we don’t expect that to happen this year or even next year. I think that’s healthy for some countries.

“It gives them time to look at the infrastructure and built up before we get too many EVs in and [charging] starts being a massive issue.”

Monta recently announced an additional €30million (£26.1million) funding boost to accelerate the buildout of EV charging infrastructure.

The company will use the funding to open up new markets, create transparency within the electricity market and digitalise the power grid infrastructure.

This funding will allow Monta to further expand across Scandinavia, the UK and Germany, as well as open new markets including North America.

To support the needs of the EU, UK and USA achieve their net zero goals, Monta is looking to develop critical features to help drivers and charge point operators seamlessly navigate the car sales bans.

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