British Prime Minister Theresa May has today pledged a £106m funding boost for research and development in green vehicles, new batteries and low carbon technology.
May is on an “ambitious mission” to put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero-emission vehicles, and for all new cars and vans to be, effectively, zero-emission by 2040.
“These plans must include scaling back diesel subsidies,” said zero-emission tech experts at clean cold technology company Dearman.
“The £106 million is a funding boost for research and development in green vehicles, new batteries, and low carbon technology. However, the Treasury continues to allow low-tax red diesel to be used on the road in urban areas.”
“Dearman has long argued that access to cheaper red diesel disincentivises uptake of clean technologies, such as in supermarket delivery trucks.”
These trucks have a main engine to propel the vehicle and also a second engine to power the refrigeration that keeps food cool whilst in transit- the second engine is eligible to use red diesel. Dearman estimates that there are 26,000 large trucks using red diesel.
Dearman has encouraged ministers to end red diesel for transport refrigeration, and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) recently ran a call for evidence to further consider this.
Scott Mac Meekin, Dearman’s CEO, commented, “The Zero Emission Vehicle Summit is a fantastic event for government to have organised and the Prime Minister’s attendance underscores the importance of the agenda to her.”
“The £106 million that was announced is a boost for the sector but unfortunately it is undermined by government continuing to subsidise cheap red diesel in urban areas for uses such as in transport refrigeration.”
“We welcome the red diesel consutation that ministers have run this year, and we hope they will use it to scale back urban red diesel use.”