12 Jul 2024
The voice of the independent garage sector

ZEV Mandate comes into force

The ZEV mandate kicked in today (Wednesday 3 January), which means vehicle manufacturers are  now required by law to have 22%  of the vehicles they produce and sell in England, Scotland and Wales be zero-emission. Northern Ireland is not covered by the Mandate. VMs will face a £15,000 fine per non-compliant car sold if they fail to do this. The proportion is intended to keep increasing until it hits 100% in 2035.  

However, carmakers who do not meet their targets will have the option taking the excess percentage from those who have a surplus.

Commenting on the introduction of the mandate, NFDA Chief Executive Sue Robinson said: “The introduction of the ZEV mandate into law today will be a key policy in driving electric vehicle uptake and will heavily influence the automotive retail sector in its ongoing transition to electric. The automotive retailing sector has been supportive of the Government’s targets for net-zero in 2050 and as such has invested heavily in driving the electrification of the vehicle parc.

 “Nevertheless, there is still more that needs to be done by government to maintain the positive electric vehicle trajectory in registrations and increase public confidence in these greener, cleaner vehicle types. The recent news that government has missed its own target of six rapid or ultra-rapid chargers at every motorway service station in England by the end of 2023 will do the industry no favours in its attempts to ease the minds of consumers.

Sue added: “Whilst the ZEV mandate is certainly a step in the right direction, the Government needs to offer more attractive price incentives and look to improve EV charging infrastructure across the country to increase consumer confidence in electric and help drive the country towards its net-zero commitments.”

 

According to David Hall, VP of Power Systems, at Schneider Electric UK&I, for carbuyers to get on board, there needs to be a major improvement in charging infrastructure, along with the electricity generating infrastructure to back it up:  “In the transition to net zero, actions speak louder than words. Conversations about diversifying the UK’s energy system have been ongoing for decades, yet the UK is still on the back foot when it comes to energy resiliency. Projects to support the energy transition are being rolled out at a fraction of the necessary pace required to support modern day energy demands. 

“With the ZEV mandate coming in effect today, there’s a heightened sense of urgency. Utility companies face pressure to accelerate the connection of low carbon technologies to the grid, enhancing its flexibility. To achieve this, there is an urgent need for improved planning to enable a more rapid integration of renewables into the energy mix and provide greater incentives for long term energy storage. This in turn will boost private investment and speed up the UK’s commitment to a net zero electricity system by 2035.”