Now we’re not expecting anyone to vote for a party just because of their policies on electric vehicles and electricity generation/charging.
But we think it’s important, so here’s the lowdown – the manifesto statements from each main party for the 2019 election relating to EVs and zero-emissions transportation.
Of especial interest to those planning to buy an EV will be the Lib Dem’s planned cut in VAT to 5% on electric car purchases. The Greens and the Labour Party have predictably detailed policies to promote zero-emissions transport. The Conservative party is less specific and the SNP is surprisingly light on detail on the subject.
To achieve our net-zero climate target by 2045, we aim to reduce emissions from surface transport to near zero; at the same time the transition to electric vehicles and from private to public transport will drastically cut air pollution.
- Accelerate the rapid take-up of electric vehicles by reforming vehicle taxation, cutting VAT on EVs to 5 per cent and increasing the rate of installation of charging points, including residential on-street points and ultra-fast chargers at service stations. We will ensure that, by 2030, every new car and small van sold is electric.
- Extend Ultra-Low Emission Zones to ten more towns and cities in England and ensure that all private hire vehicles and new buses licensed to operate in urban areas are ultra-low-emission or zero-emission vehicles by 2025; we will provide £2 billion to support this transformation.
- Support innovation in zero-emission technologies, including batteries and hydrogen fuel cells, supplementing government funding with a new Clean Air Fund from industry.
Note: Those parties shown polling at least 2% vote share. Information copied and pasted directly from relevant manifestos. Where a paragraph contains, or continues with, unrelated information it is indicated with a …. symbol. The Brexit Party Ltd’s ‘Contract for the people’ contains no information relating to EVs or zero-carbon transport so is not shown.