Electric Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

(asked on 31st January 2023) - View Source

Question to the Department for Transport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the findings by Cambridge Econometrics in the report The impact of a 2030 ICE phase-out in the UK, published in 2020, that if the UK motor vehicle industry could secure a greater share of the UK domestic market for new vehicles in the context of a 2030 phase-out of internal combustion engines, this could potentially lead to the creation of an additional 63,000 jobs in the UK compared to a 2035 phase-out.

Answered by
Richard Holden Portrait
Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
This question was answered on 6th February 2023

The end of sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, will help the UK meet its climate change obligations. It will improve air quality in our towns and cities, support economic growth, and create new jobs in our industrial heartlands. The 2030 phase out will contribute to increasing the supply of ZEVs to meet increasing demand from UK consumers and will make the UK a more attractive environment for vehicle manufacturers to produce and sell ZEVs. Alongside government support, this will generate new employment opportunities in the BEV supply chain, as well as in the chargepoint and energy industries.

As estimated in the Transport Decarbonisation Plan, the production of all zero emission road transport vehicles has the potential to support up to 72,000 jobs, worth up to £9.7 billion GVA in the year 2050.

We will shortly bring forward a proposed ZEV mandate to support legislative delivery of our phase out commitments. We will consider the potential impact this legislation will have on jobs as part of our Government Response Impact Assessment.

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