Oil major Shell says that it wants the UK government to make a bold move to ban petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, accelerating an existing plan by five years even though it seems to undermine one of Big Oil’s key business planks.
The UK government already has a policy in place to ban the sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035, and has been mulling over whether to move that target forward to 2032.
Royal Dutch Shell, which has seen significant falls in revenue over the past decade, and fresh from a $US22 billion writedown in the second quarter of 2020 due to global Coronavirus lockdowns, is urging the ban to be brought in even earlier.
The steps that must be taken were outlined in an article on LinkedIn by Shell’s UK county chair Sinead Lynch, who said “the right policy and incentives could allow the UK to achieve this as soon as 2030, to ensure the UK meets the 2050 net zero target”.
Lynch notes that along with purchase incentives to drive electric vehicle uptake, adequate access to charging infrastructure is required. Lynch says EV owners will charge at home, much like a mobile phone, and will need an “increasing number of faster, high-powered options at forecourts and other public locations.”
Little wonder then, that Shell in February replaced its first service station forecourt with an electric car charging hub, and sees itself becoming a mainstay of the electric vehicle revolution.
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