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Low emission cars


Transport is the UK’s largest source of carbon emissions and of that, most comes from cars.

Government wants people to switch to cars that do not emit carbon dioxide to eliminate emissions by 2050. By 2030, government wants between 50% and 70% of new cars to be ultra-low emission (plug in hybrids), and by 2050, almost every car to be zero emission (100% electric or hydrogen powered).

In November 2020, government announced the UK will end the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2035.

Government has provided subsidies to encourage the uptake of ultra-low and zero emission cars. By March 2020 government had spent over £800m through the plug-in car grant which subsidises the purchase cost of new electric cars. In March 2020, government confirmed a further £403 million of funding to continue the plug-in car grant until 2022-23 and £500 million to support the rollout of fast-charging infrastructure across the country.

The Committee will question senior officials at Department for Transport and BEIS on the value-for-money of government’s spending on low emissions cars to date, and whether the government is well-placed to achieve its long-term ambitions for zero-emission cars.

If you have evidence on these questions, please submit it here by 6:00 pm on Thursday 4 March 2021.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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First Report - Low emission cars
Inquiry Low emission cars
Committees Public Accounts Committee
HC 186
Response to this report
Treasury minutes: Government response to the Committee of Public Accounts on the First report from Session 2021-22
HC 186
Government Response

Oral evidence transcripts

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11 March 2021
Inquiry Low emission cars
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Oral Evidence
LEC0001 - Low emission cars
Witnesses British Parking Association, and British Parking Association
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Written Evidence
LEC0003 - Low emission cars
Witnesses EDF
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Written Evidence
LEC0004 - Low emission cars
Witnesses Chargepoint
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Written Evidence

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