NFDA calls for 2030 rethink

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) is urging the government to rethink the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars.

The proposed zero-emission target trajectory for new cars sold begins at 22% in 2024, increasing to 80% in 2030 and reaching 100% in 2035.

For vans, the proposed minimum ZEV target trajectory begins at 10% in 2024 and reaches 70% in 2030 on the way to 100% in 2035.

However, the NFDA has suggested changes to both car and van ZEV trajectories, reflecting a more balanced incremental increase. It also warns that the removal of incentives like the Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG) and the introduction of VED for EVs in 2025 is hurting the demand for electric vehicles, and says continued government support is needed to stimulate demand in the EV market and promote widespread EV adoption.

Sue Robinson, chief executive of the NFDA, said: “Government’s ambitious targets for net-zero has been acknowledged and supported by the automotive retailing sector since its introduction. The ZEV Mandate is another proposal that will help accelerate this transition, placing more emphasis on manufacturers to produce more electric vehicles.

Whilst NFDA supports the proposal, we would urge government to listen to the industry’s trade body to understand the full range of factors and implications this will have for the retailing sector and make the necessary alterations accordingly.”