Lords: EV transition at risk from Government inaction

Unless the EV transition speeds up, the UK risks becoming ever more dependent on foreign oil imports.

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By George Smeeton

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Commenting on a report on electric vehicles (EVs) by the House of Lords’ Environment and Climate Change Committee [1] Colin Walker, Head of Transport at the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit said,

From less than 1% of all new car sales in 2018 to more than 16% in 2023, EVs in the UK have already come a long way. The Government’s Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) mandate has given the car industry some of the certainty it needed, but clearly many experts think it could still be doing more.

"The reality is unless the EV transition speeds up, the UK risks becoming ever more dependent on foreign oil imports. The North Sea is in decline, but offshore wind turbines can be the power behind electric cars on British roads. The question is will the Government underpin the investment needed.

"The head of EV company Polestar recently said the UK is doing less than any other country in Europe to help the sale of new EVs. If we lag, that in turn reduces the pool of second hand electric cars which help make the cheaper running costs of electric available to many more families."


Notes to editors:

  1. The House of Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee Electric Vehicle report

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