The UK Government pledged to promote zero-emission vehicles at the global climate conference in Paris today.
It was one of 13 international members of the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Alliance, including Germany, Holland, Norway and California, to sign a commitment for cleaner motoring and slashing transport emissions.
It includes an agreement to make all passenger vehicle sales zero-emission by 2050.
The ZEV Alliance was formed in September this year with the ambition to increase the global uptake of greener vehicles through international co-operation.
UK Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “The UK already has the largest market for ultra-low emission vehicles in the EU and the fourth largest in the world and today’s pledge reaffirms our commitment to ensuring almost every car and van is a zero emission vehicle by 2050.
“Electric cars are greener and cheaper to run and we are making them more affordable, spending more than £600 million between 2015 and 2020 to support the uptake and manufacturing of ultra-low emission vehicles here in the UK.”
Prince Charles and Prime Minister David Cameron joined other world leaders to call for action on climate change at the COP21 conference.