Switched On Scotland

Phasing out the need for new petrol and diesel cars by 2032
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12 July 2018

In 2013, the Scottish Government published the Switched On Scotland Roadmap, setting out a comprehensive strategy and priority actions in order to achieve the ambitious objective of zero petrol and diesel-fueled vehicles by 2050. The Roadmap was developed through extensive consultations with over 120 experts from 78 different organizations.

It focused on both electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) – collectively called Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) or zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) below – and set out goals and specific actions to take across seven key areas: 

  • Policy frameworks to embed ZEVs in all relevant policy areas such as climate change, air quality, renewable energy and public health; 
  • Market development to make ZEVs more desirable than fossil-fueled alternatives;
  • Targeted, convenient and safe recharging infrastructure;  
  • Sustainable transport systems; 
  • Energy systems ensuring the electricity grids supports the ZEV market growth; 
  • Economic opportunity creating jobs and making local businesses competitive; and
  • Communication & Education to increase public awareness and encourage ZEV adoption.  

The roadmap succeeded in providing an enabling framework for the design and implementation of a range of comprehensive programs targeting public fleets, charging infrastructures, businesses and consumers.

To find out more, read the full case study below. This case study is part of a series from our Policy Action work, which aims to accelerate the pace of climate policy development and adoption in states and regions. To see more innovative climate policies from around the world, check out our Under2 Policy Action Map.

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