The Government has confirmed the UK's commitment to achieving a zero emissions target for all cars and vans by 2050, as part of a climate summit in Paris. The UK was one of 13 members of the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Alliance to make a firm commitment to slashing transport emissions and promoting cleaner motoring. Other members to sign include Germany, Holland, Norway and California. The agreement includes a firm pledge to make all passenger vehicles by the stated deadline. 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. 'By leading international efforts on this issue, we are playing our part in helping achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions of more than 1 billion tonnes per year across the world by 2050.î The ZEV alliance formed in September, with the stated aim of increasing uptake of greener vehicles. Members of the alliance include a number of US states such as Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregan, Rhode Island and Vermont, as well as Quebec in Canada. Philippa Oldham, head of transport and manufacturing for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: "The Government has set an ambitious and admiral target, but it is easy for long-term targets to be set by politicians who won't be in office by 2050. "It is imperative that this is followed by a clear and enforceable roadmap on how it is going to be achieved. 'Not only do we need greater research and development spending to drive down the cost of low carbon vehicles, and improve their performance. It is critical that we look at the infrastructure supporting these vehicles as those that use electricity will need to have zero carbon electricity to charge them up to be truly carbon neutral.î