Manufacturers tipped to miss ZEV Mandate

The UK government has been warned that vehicle manufacturers are not likely to meet the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Mandate, which stipulates that 22% of new cars and 10% of vans sold this year must be electric.

These targets rise incrementally thereafter, reaching 28% of sold new cars in 2025, 80% by 2030 and 100% by 2035.

However, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has told the Commons Transport Select Committee that the industry is likely to fall short by about two per cent. It predicts that 19.8% of car sales will be electric this year, with 8.3% of vans.

SMMT Head of Technology and Innovation David Wong said the shortfall was a result of cooling demand among retail buyers as a result of high prices, range anxiety, and insufficient public charging infrastructure. The industry body’s own figures revealed that while EV uptake rose 10.7% in April to a market share of 16.9%, growth was driven by fleets with fewer than one in six new EV sales going to private buyers.

The Transport Committee is now discussing the health of the EV market with industry, with a focus on the decision to delay the ban on petrol and diesel cars from 2030 to 2035.