Date: 18th November 2020
Embargo: For immediate release
Alister Hamilton says Scotland has the tools to be ready for 2025, as PM announces 2030 target for England
The Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) Scotland has said that the target for phasing out new petrol and diesel cars and vans sales in Scotland should be brought forward from 2032 to 2025.
The call comes in response to the Prime Minister’s expected announcement today that the target in England will be brought forward from 2040 to 2030.
Alister Hamilton, Chair of EVA Scotland, said:
“As we look to emerge successfully from Coronavirus, we require big thinking. The move towards electric transportation can play its part, and that should include phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2025, instead of the current target of 2032.
“As well as an environmental strategy, this would be an economic one. With today’s expected announcement about the English target moving to 2030, we should remember that Scotland has the natural resources to lead the way in the UK for the adoption of electric vehicles, and now is the time to bring all the stakeholders together who can make it happen.
“2025 is bold but realistic, ambitious but achievable, and we are calling for the Scottish Government to formally adopt it as its target.”