United Kingdom’s 10-point green plan aims to replace all fossil fuel vehicles by 2035, is it time for the United States to pledge a similar goal?
The United Kingdom announced its 10-point green plan last year in November, a move that included creating jobs in Nuclear and Offshore wind energy to sustainable transportation systems:
But one of the most striking of these 10 points is that the UK government plans to ban the sale of internal combustion engine cars in 2030.
A Move Across Europe
This is in line with other European governments that have become focused on climate change.
What the UK government has proposed, is an investment of £12 billion and a pledge to create 250,000 new highly skilled jobs in the country.
The plan is a multidimensional effort to increase Electric Vehicle penetration, create a massive charging infrastructure, and push for sustainably to meet energy demands. While making businesses and consumers adopt electric vehicles.
What Will The United States Do?
Firstly, does the U.S. need such a harsh legally bound timeline? Let us look at the current Electric Vehicle penetration in the U.S.:
According to a study by the Pew Research Center, Electric Vehicles only accounted for an underwhelming 2% of car sales in the U.S. In contrast, large European countries like France and Germany have a 10% market share in Electric Vehicles sold. Meanwhile, Nordic countries like Norway and Iceland are leading with 74.8% and 52.4% respectively.
This is also surprising because the U.S. has the largest network of Superchargers in the world. Superchargers are Tesla’s Proprietary charging technology. Tesla leads the Electric Vehicle market in the U.S., 79 out of 100 electric vehicles driven in the U.S. are made by Tesla:
However, even with the massive support and customer service being offered by Tesla, Electric Vehicle penetration growth has been very slow. Add that to the fact that some U.S. states already offer incentives to go all Electric in terms of tax breaks and subsidies.
Fossil Fuels In The U.S.
Simply put, the U.S. federal government has not made any extreme timeline like the UK government. However, the Biden administration has shown an interest in EVs:
The U.S. government plans to build a national network of 500,000 stations all around the country. Hoping that this leads to mass adoption by the Public for Electric Vehicles.
But this policy approach is passive when compared to European countries. European countries have set legally bounding deadlines upon themselves to ban internal combustion engines after a certain period:
And we are already seeing the positive impact these harsh conditions are having in Europe. With Electric Vehicle sale numbers growing steadily.
The question is, will the U.S. join Europe in imposing harsher conditions to accelerate Electric Vehicle adoption? – Once the 500,000 stations are added nationwide, we believe the United States will accelerate a timeline and lead the way. Tell us your opinion on Facebook now.