The UK's 2035 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars represents a significant step toward achieving a more sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation system. This move is driven by several factors, including concerns about air quality, climate change, and the need to reduce the country's carbon emissions.
Decisions Behind the Ban:
- Environmental Concerns: The primary motivation behind the ban is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality. Petrol and diesel vehicles are major contributors to air pollution and carbon emissions, which have adverse health and environmental effects.
- Global Climate Commitments: The UK, like many other countries, has committed to reducing its carbon emissions to combat climate change. The ban on internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles aligns with these international agreements.
- Technological Advancements: Advances in electric vehicle (EV) technology, such as longer battery life and faster charging, have made EVs a more viable option for consumers.
- Economic Opportunities: The transition to electric vehicles presents economic opportunities for the UK, such as creating jobs in the EV industry and reducing the country's dependence on fossil fuel imports.
Benefits for Businesses:
Implementing on-site electric vehicle charging facilities can offer a plethora of benefits for businesses, making them central players in the transition to a greener future.
- Attracting Customers and Employees: Providing EV charging facilities can be a powerful draw for customers and employees who drive electric vehicles. It showcases a commitment to sustainability and positions the business as forward-thinking.
- Reduced Operating Costs: Businesses can potentially benefit from lower fuel costs by using electric vehicles for their own operations. Moreover, with proper planning, they can manage their energy consumption efficiently and even generate income by selling excess electricity back to the grid.
- Enhanced Reputation: Being environmentally conscious can significantly boost a business's reputation. It can attract environmentally aware customers and investors while also aligning with corporate social responsibility goals.
- Regulatory Compliance: As governments worldwide push for cleaner transportation, having EV charging facilities can ensure that businesses remain compliant with evolving environmental regulations.
As our Principal and Managing Director of Telecoms at Avison Young, Michael Whear, states, "Incorporating EV charging solutions into your business not only makes economic sense but also sends a strong message about your commitment to sustainability."
Asif Ghafoor, CEO and co-founder of Be. EV, adds, “EV uptake in the UK is accelerating at an incredible rate, and the industry is booming in response. The British public is motivated to see a better, cleaner future for their kids and car manufacturers are globally invested in the EV transition - many have already made commitments to completely transition their production to 100% EVs before 2030.”
Impact on the Environment:
The ban on traditional vehicles promises substantial environmental improvements, from reduced emissions to enhanced air quality and renewable energy adoption.
- Reduced Emissions: The ban will significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the transportation sector, which is a major contributor to the UK's greenhouse gas emissions.
- Improved Air Quality: Electric vehicles produce no tailpipe emissions, leading to improved air quality in cities and decreased health problems associated with air pollution.
- Encouraging Renewable Energy: EV adoption can incentivise the use of renewable energy sources for electricity generation, further reducing carbon emissions.
“The EV transition offers a rare chance to create a legacy of positive environmental impact by building a modern, reliable and future-proof network of chargers. Our collective success will hinge on collaboration between the public and private sectors. By working together, we can establish an EV charging infrastructure that seamlessly integrates into people's lives.” - Asif Ghafoor, CEO and co-founder, Be. EV
While the shift to electric vehicles holds immense promise, it comes with its share of challenges that businesses must navigate to seize the opportunities ahead.
- Charging Infrastructure: One of the primary challenges is building a robust and accessible charging infrastructure to support the growing number of EVs.
- Affordability: EVs are still relatively expensive compared to ICE vehicles, which can deter some consumers. Incentives and subsidies may be necessary to bridge the affordability gap.
- Battery Technology: Continued advancements in battery technology are essential to improve range, charging speed, and overall EV performance.
Embracing electric vehicles not only benefits the environment but also presents businesses with exciting opportunities for growth and innovation.
- Economic Growth: The transition to electric vehicles can stimulate economic growth by creating jobs in manufacturing, research, and development.
- Energy Independence: Relying on domestic electricity generation instead of imported oil enhances energy security.
- Technological Leadership: The UK has the opportunity to become a leader in EV technology and export EVs and related components to global markets.
"Investing in EV technology today positions businesses for a sustainable and prosperous future." – Michael Whear, Principal and Managing Director, Telecoms, Avison Young.
Be. EV: Paving the Way for a Sustainable EV Future
Be. EV are an EV charging operator, backed by Octopus Energy, who offer bespoke charging solutions. They are a community first business with a growing footprint across the UK.
“At Be.EV, we’re proud to be playing our part, supporting local councils and businesses to transform their communities, delivering the quality infrastructure needed to serve public demand and decarbonise Britain’s transport once and for all.” - Asif Ghafoor, CEO and co-founder, Be. EV
Avison Young's Role in Driving Electric Vehicle Infrastructure:
At Avison Young, our Technology team, with over 25 years of expertise, leads the way in Electric Vehicle charging solutions. We provide access to a large portfolio of landlords and streamline project delivery for your EV charging stations. With experience in handling large portfolios and fast-paced marketing, we deliver minimal lead times and faster rollouts.
Unlock the potential of Electric Vehicle infrastructure with Avison Young. From accessing a vast portfolio of landlords to streamlined project delivery, we've got you covered. At Avison Young, we're not just implementing EV charging infrastructure; we're driving towards sustainability one charge at a time. Our EV charging solutions are a crucial part of reducing emissions and building a sustainable tomorrow.
"Our mission goes beyond just technology; it's about powering change and creating a sustainable legacy for future generations." – Michael Whear, Principal and Managing Director, Telecoms, Avison Young
The road to an all-electric future in the UK is not without its challenges, but it presents numerous environmental, economic, and technological opportunities. By taking proactive steps, investing in the necessary infrastructure and policies, and partnering with industry leaders like Avison Young, the UK can position itself as a leader in the global transition to electric vehicles while contributing to a more sustainable future. Are you ready to drive into the future with us?