To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the strategic priority of electric vehicles in meeting the UK's clean air goals.
Phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2035 will reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions faster. Cars and vans represent one fifth of UK domestic CO2 emissions and accounted for 71% of domestic UK transport emissions in 2019. Ending the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans will also help improve air quality through the phased elimination of tailpipe emissions. A Government research project to assess the impact of the shift to electric vehicles on non-exhaust emissions from tyre and brake wear is underway and will report in 2023.