page title icon Election manifestos 2019 – party policies on electric vehicles compared

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.

Our first Budget will prioritise the environment:….electric vehicle infrastructure including a national plug-in network and gigafactory; and clean energy.
  • We will invest £1 billion in completing a fast-charging network to ensure that everyone is within 30 miles of a rapid electric vehicle charging station. We will consult on the earliest date we can phase out the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars, while minimising the impact on drivers and businesses
  • We will also build on Britain’s pioneering work in electric and low-carbon flight.
  • We will invest in electric buses, developing the UK’s first all-electric-bus town.
  • We will continue to back Welsh car manufacturing, as the industry transitions to building electric vehicles in the coming decades.

We will kick-start a Green Industrial Revolution to tackle the climate emergency by shifting to renewable energy, investing in rail and electric cars,…

  • We will introduce a Climate and Environment Emergency Bill setting out in law robust, binding new standards for decarbonisation,…
  • We will deliver nearly 90% of electricity and 50% of heat from renewable and low-carbon sources by 2030.
  • As we transition, we will ensure the UK’s automotive sector isn’t left behind by the electric revolution by investing in three new gigafactories and four metal reprocessing plants.
  • We will position the UK at the forefront of the development and manufacture of ultra-low emission vehicles and will support their sale. We will invest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and in electric community car clubs. We will accelerate the transition of our public sector car fleets and our public buses to zero-emissions vehicles.
  • We will ensure our NHS becomes a net-zero-carbon service….including more solar panelling and a transition to electric paramedic vehicles, NHS fleet cars and hybrid ambulances.

It’s time for real change – Labour Party manifesto 2019

This is a comprehensive ten-year plan ambitious enough to tackle climate and ecological breakdown at the scale and speed set out by science. It will deliver a fast and fair transformation of our economy and society, renewing almost every aspect of life in the UK: from the way we produce and consume energy,…

  • Expand our short-term capacity for energy storage so that electricity from peak periods of renewable electricity generation (e.g. days with very strong winds and many hours of sunshine) can be effectively stored – utilising solutions such as domestic solar batteries, storage as heat in hot water cylinders and thermal stores, and smart control of vehicle battery charging
  • The Green New Deal will revolutionise our transport system by ending dependence on carbon, and investing instead in alternatives that work for better for the climate and for people. This means more reliable and affordable trains, electric buses and trams,…
  • Coach travel will also be encouraged, with new routes for electric coaches provided across the country.
  • End the sale of new petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles by 2030. Over the next ten years we will ease this transition by incentivising the replacement of diesel and petrol vans, lorries and coaches with electric vehicles.
  • Create a network of electric vehicle charging points across the country, by requiring their construction through the planning system and encouraging the private sector to deliver them. We will ensure that these charging points are located in public places, and do not take up pavement and cycling space. We will require all existing petrol stations and motorway service stations to offer electric vehicle charging points by 2025

  • By 2030 we will aim for the equivalent of 50 per cent of Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity consumption to be supplied from renewable sources.
  • We will phase out the need for petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032.

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.


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