The U.K. government is retracting its earlier support for clean energy, but the electric vehicle revolution persists. Nissan, a Japanese automaker, has restated its dedication to EVs, confirming that all new models released in Europe will be fully electric by 2030.
Nissan remains committed to transitioning solely to electric vehicle (EV) sales in Europe despite the U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak extending the deadline for banning new gasoline and diesel car sales from 2030 to 2035.
This decision has faced criticism from within Sunak’s own party, with one member calling it “potentially the greatest mistake of his premiership so far.” Nevertheless, Nissan’s president and CEO, Makoto Uchida, stated firmly, “There is no turning back now. We believe it is the right thing to do for our business, our customers, and for the planet.”
Nissan stands out among traditional automakers for its strong commitment to EVs, producing the affordable Nissan Leaf and recently launching an electric vehicle battery recycling program.
This initiative is crucial for the industry’s sustainability, countering the environmental impact of mining rare earth materials for batteries. While the U.K. Prime Minister’s shift away from clean energy faces criticism for its potential economic and environmental consequences, Nissan’s dedication to the EV transition is a positive and encouraging move.