30 April 2021
Fuel and diesel ban: What does it mean for the bulk
The 26th of July 2017
marked a political milestone, with the UK shocked by the government’s
announcement abolishing the sale of new petrol, diesel cars and light
commercial vehicles (LCVs).
Originally set for 2040, the legislation has now been brought
forward to 2030 in an
attempt to tackle Britain’s problem with pollution.
The 2030 ban, under
the government’s green plan, will have a significant impact across several
industries, from automotive to manufacturing, fleet and leasing to fuel
Here, we explore the
possible impacts this legislation could have on the fuel logistics industry and
the key considerations which need to be taken now ahead of the 2030 ban.
plans, the ban on selling new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars in the UK has been
brought forward from 2040 to 2030. While new cars and vans powered wholly by
petrol and diesel will not be sold in the UK from 2030, some hybrid vehicles
will still be allowed up until 2035.
While these timelines
may appear some time away, it is imperative that the fuel logistics industry
look to act now in preparation for the ban on these vehicles, particularly
those businesses with large fleets of traditionally fuelled cars and vans.
Key challenges and considerations for the fuel
logistics industry include:
- Assessing numbers of traditionally fuelled
vehicles within large fleets which need replacement.
- The cost and implementation of bringing in
- Consideration of continuing using existing
hybrid cars and vans until 2035.
Electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure
The announcement has
significant implications for fleet operators, particularly those that are
considering what the move to electric means for their fleet.
The environmental and
financial benefits associated with transitioning to electric vehicles is
apparent. However, for those fleet operators looking to fast-track the
transition to electric vehicle fleets by 2030, there are still concerns around
the support required for an EV infrastructure from the government.
Not only will the
transition require careful planning, but there have also been widespread
concerns about barriers to the EV rollout due to a lack of on-street charge
points and government funding to support such a widespread EV infrastructure.
Denise Beedell, Logistics UK policy
manager for Vans and Urban, said:
“While the logistics industry
remains fully committed to transitioning to zero-emission vehicles, with many
operators already starting this process, an industry-wide adoption of the
policy will only be possible if the government takes urgent action to support
the reinforcement of power supply infrastructure required to run electric
fleets, as well as introducing a fairer and more equitable way of funding grid
reinforcements and energy upgrades.”
While the momentum
throughout the fuel logistics industry is shifting towards EV fleets ahead of
the UK ban, there are still concerns over the costs involved if a logistics company
doesn’t have the sufficient energy supply to power its electric vehicle fleet.
Fears over the potential for companies to
have to pay for local electricity hub upgrades in addition to the premium cost
involved to buy electric vehicles, which are more expensive than conventionally
powered vehicles, are growing concerns.
Financial unease is an
issue that the government will need to address and take action in order to
reduce the likelihood of these additional expenses.
Adopt fuel logistics optimisation
Whatever 2030 brings, it’s clear that the fuel
logistics businesses that thrive will be those who are agile and flexible in
their operational approach. Mobile computing technology and digitisation can help fuel
distributors maximise efficiencies and adapt to unexpected change.