Another sign changes are coming.
LONDON -- The UK should bring forward a ban on the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars and vans by eight years to 2032 to help the country reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, a parliamentary committee said on Friday.
Britain hopes to become a world leader in electric-vehicle technology and currently plans to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars and vans from 2040 as a part of efforts to meet its climate targets.
"If we are serious about being EV world leaders, the government must come forward with a target of new sales of cars and vans to be zero emission by 2032," said Rachel Reeves, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, which authored the report.
The report said the country should improve incentives for the uptake of EVs and criticized a recent decision to cut grants for new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles from November.
It also said the country's infrastructure, to allow for the charging of EVs, was not fit for purpose.
"The government needs to get a grip and lead on coordinating the financial support and technical know-how necessary for local authorities to promote this infrastructure and help ensure that electric cars are an attractive option for consumers," Reeves said.
Britain has around 16,500 charging points but will need this to increase to at least 100,000 by 2020, a report from UK-based data company Emu Analytics said in May.
Britain's energy industry association, Energy UK, backed the call for an earlier start to the ban.
"We firmly support the committee's call for greater ambition and believe that an accelerated timetable for the roll out of electric vehicles is both desirable and feasible," it said.
However, Britain's Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said the 2040 ban was already ambitious and said meeting the target earlier would be almost impossible.
"Zero-emission vehicles make up just 0.6 percent of the market, meaning consumer appetite would have to grow by some 17,000 percent in just over a decade. This is unrealistic," SMMT CEO Mike Hawes said.
Porsche is putting the Mission E Cross Turismo into production
Confirmed: the new 600bhp Taycan EV will have a wagon-bodied crossover cousin
As the electric car revolution gathers pace, it’s started splintering off into niches already. Say you wanted an EV, but you’ve been waiting for a semi-sporty one with a raised ride height and an estate body – what to do? Wonder no more – Porsche’s got you covered.
Today, the Zuffenhausen HQ has confirmed that the Mission E Cross Turismo concept will follow the low-slung Mission E saloon into production. There’s no word yet on an official name, but Porsche isn’t afraid of long games of Scrabble on the back of its cars. So, Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo seems likely.
It’s also possible Porsche will throw away the Audi Allroad-style wheelarches and jacked-up suspension and do a proper road-hugging estate version: a Taycan Sport Turismo, if you will. Given the new EVs are allegedly going to sit between the Cayenne and the Panamera on price, saloon and wagon versions of the new EV would flesh out Porsche’s family car ranks nicely.
Porsche says putting the new Cross Turismo into production will create another 300 jobs and its revitalised carbon-neutral factory. It’s part of a commitment to invest €6billion in electromobility by 2022. Keep speccing that carbon-fibre cupholder trim on your Macan – you’re paying for the future…