The government has said that by 2028 more than half of new cars registered in the UK should be all-electric. 

Revealed in detailed plans yesterday (April 7), the government has set out a range of targets that aim to encourage manufacturers more EVs, as well as promote more consumers to make the switch. 

The government is looking to introduce a mandate that would force manufacturers to sell a certain percentage of EVs by various dates. In 2022, ministers want to mandate 22 per cent of vehicles each manufacturer sells to be electric, which would sharply rise to 52 per cent in 2028 and then 80 per cent by 2030. Manufacturers risk large fines if they don’t meet such targets. 

The government has previously said that from 2030 all new cars sold will need to be electric or a plug-in hybrid, and then by 2035, all models sold will need to be full-EVs.

However, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has said that ‘regulation must encourage consumers to purchase, not just compel manufacturers to produce’. 

Mike Hawes, chief executive at the SMMT, said: “The automotive sector continues to invest billions in a wide and growing range of zero emission vehicles, vehicles which are already becoming commonplace on Britain’s roads. To accelerate the pace of take up and deliver the carbon savings Net Zero demands, however, regulation must encourage consumers to purchase, not just compel manufacturers to produce.

“Any mandate must be pragmatic, flexible and reflective of every manufacturer’s long-term commitment. The danger is that consumers will lack the incentive to purchase these new vehicles – vehicles that will remain more expensive than traditional petrol and diesel cars for a number of years to come – in the quantities needed, keeping their older, more polluting vehicles for even longer thereby undermining the carbon savings this regulation seeks to deliver.”

Figures from the SMMT showed that one 16.1 per cent of new cars registered in March 2022 were electric, amounting to 39,315 registrations, though it’s worth noting that 12,911 of these registrations came from Tesla, with its Model Y and Model 3 being the two best-selling cars in the month.