Petrol & Diesel ban brought forward to 2035
Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps said of the announcement “Last year alone, a fully electric car was sold every 15 minutes. We want to go further than ever before. That’s why we are bringing forward our target to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars to tackle climate change and reduce emissions.”
What does this mean for Electricians?As of December 2019 265,000 plug-in cars were registered in the UK, with a further quarter of a million expected to be registered by the end of the year. Moreover, 2020 will be the first year where electric vehicle sales in Europe will exceed a million units sold. As we reported last month, billions of pounds are being invested into Solid State Battery research and this in it's self is likely to make internal combustion engines defunct within the next decade. With this in mind, the future for electricians looks very bright.
A report published last month by the National Grid stated that 100,000's of people will need to be recruited into the electrical industry to reach the goal to cut overall emissions to net zero by 2050 as part of the Governments 'Road to Zero' strategy. The study highlights the need to fill 400,000 positions in skilled tradespeople, engineers and other specialist electrical areas across the country as part of the UK’s legally binding targets on greenhouse emissions. With the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars being brought forward this week, that number is expected to increase even further.
Is the UK ready?
Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor manufacturers and Traders, which represents the UK car industry, called the UK electric car public charging network “woefully inadequate” in it's current incarnation, highlighting the desperate need for more electricians to work on the charging infrastructure if we are to be in a viable position to embrace the ban in 2035.
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