Petrol And Diesel Ban UK: What Is The PM’s ‘Ten Point Plan’?

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The UK Prime Minister has announced a ‘Ten Point Plan’ for a green industrial revolution after the phasing out of new petrol and diesel car sales was revealed.

Here are the ten areas that Boris Johnson should be a focal point in the UK’s strategy to become a net-zero nation by 2050:

  1. Offshore wind: Producing enough offshore wind to power every home, quadrupling how much we produce to 40GW by 2030, supporting up to 60,000 jobs.
  2. Hydrogen: Working with industry aiming to generate 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for industry, transport, power and homes, and aiming to develop the first town heated entirely by hydrogen by the end of the decade.
  3. Nuclear: Advancing nuclear as a clean energy source, across large scale nuclear and developing the next generation of small and advanced reactors, which could support 10,000 jobs.
  4. Electric vehicles: Backing UK-based world-leading car manufacturing bases in the West Midlands, North East and North Wales to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, and transforming our national infrastructure to better support electric vehicles.
  5. Public transport, cycling and walking: Making cycling and walking more attractive ways to travel and investing in zero-emission public transport of the future.
  6. Jet Zero and greener maritime: Supporting difficult-to-decarbonise industries to become greener through research projects for zero-emission planes and ships.
  7. Homes and public buildings: Making UK homes, schools and hospitals greener, warmer and more energy efficient, whilst creating 50,000 jobs by 2030, and a target to install 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028.
  8. Carbon capture: Becoming a world-leader in technology to capture and store harmful emissions away from the atmosphere, with a target to remove 10MT of carbon dioxide by 2030, equivalent to all emissions of the industrial Humber today.
  9. Nature: Protecting and restoring the natural environment by planting 30,000 hectares of trees every year, whilst creating and retaining thousands of jobs.
  10. Innovation and finance: Developing the cutting-edge technologies needed to reach these new energy ambitions and make the City of London the global centre of green finance.

How will the UK achieve its ambitious plan?

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It’s clear that we’re a long way away from this ambitious strategy that envisages the UK producing no more emissions than it removes from the atmosphere – AKA ‘net zero’.

A large amount of investment and advanced technological development is essential to achieving the ten-point plan. In some industries, for example, aviation and manufacturing, it may even be too complex or simply not possible to lower the amount of emissions produced by these sectors.

‘Cold hard cash’ in the form of government funding for a variety of different areas connected to the ten-point plan is the strategy which will be taken to help deliver it.

To help accelerate the plans in the auto sector, the PM has announced:

  • £1.3 billion to build EV chargepoints in homes, streets and on motorways.
  • £582 million in grants for people buying zero and ultra-low emission vehicles to make asking prices cheaper and incentivise more people to take the transition.
  • Nearly £500 million to be spent in the next four years for the development and mass-scale production of electric vehicle batteries. This is part of the government’s commitment to provide up to £1 billion in total to boost the UK’s manufacturing bases in the Midlands and North East.

Talking about the Ten Point Plan, Boris Johnson said: “Although this year has taken a very different path to the one we expected, I haven’t lost sight of our ambitious plans to level up across the country. My Ten Point Plan will create, support and protect hundreds of thousands of green jobs, whilst making strides towards net zero by 2050.

“Our green industrial revolution will be powered by the wind turbines of Scotland and the North East, propelled by the electric vehicles made in the Midlands and advanced by the latest technologies developed in Wales, so we can look ahead to a more prosperous, greener future.”

Questions raised about the plan’s deliverability

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There are already doubts from industry-recognised bodies about the possibilities of delivering such an optimistic plan, especially in the car industry.

According to SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) research at least £16.7 billion is needed to fund the public charging network for EVs enough to cater for the mass uptake in electric cars by 2035.

Even if the government was to invest £1.3 billion into developing new electric car chargers, this represents a mere 7.78% of the total estimated funds needed to allow most drivers to switch to plug-in models.

Just two months ago the SMMT, as part of its ‘Drive Zero’ campaign, put pressure on the UK government to increase incentives for EVs so that more people could afford them.

It’s not just car manufacturing that’s doubtful. Energy companies that are investing large sums of money into the renewable energy industry are also concerned that the aim to have enough offshore wind power to cater for every UK home depends on the government’s ability to grant seabed licences and project contracts faster than ever before.

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