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Progress on transition to electric cars and vans

Summary

Assessment of Electric Vehicles in GB

One of the main factors in the decarbonisation of road transport in GB is the transition from internal cumbustion engined vehicles (ICEs) to battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

Progress is currently in line with the National Grid's FES 2020 figures.

However, this needs to be updated to support the UK Government's announcement of the ban on the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles in 2030.

When FES 2020 was pubished the alternative targets for BEV rollout by 2030 were based on assumptions of later bans. These are documented in the National Grid's FES 2020 documents.

The highest number of BEVs expected to be on the roads by 2030 is under 12 million, which is not much more than one third of GB's cars and vans.

The earlier ban will require a significantly increased rate of transition to BEVs.

For more information about electric vehicles, see our Electric Vehicles page.

Last updated March 2021

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(Graph based on National Grid data.)