House of Commons committee calls Government’s 2040 target for zero emission cars “vague and unambitious”
18 October 2018

MPs have published a report suggesting that the proposed ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars, originally cited for 2040, should be brought forward to 2032.

The House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee calls the Government’s 2040 target “vague and unambitious” in the report. It also find the country’s limited charging infrastructure is one of the greatest barriers to growth of the electric vehicle market.

The report claims that the need to proceed with the transition to electric vehicles is the only way Britain’s automotive industry can remain competitive. It also suggests that other counties have already taken the lead with battery manufacturing, so seeking to catch up isn’t worthwhile.  Instead, “aggressive targeting of high-value aspects of the EV and battery supply chains” are cited as a more lucrative investment for the UK. 

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Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, said: “Our EV charging infrastructure is simply not fit for purpose. We cannot expect consumers to overcome ‘range anxiety’ and switch to electric vehicles if they cannot be confident of finding convenient, reliable points to regularly charge their cars.”

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“The Government cannot simply will the ends and leave local government, or private companies, to deliver the means. The Government needs to get a grip and lead on coordinating the financial support and technical know-how necessary for local authorities to promote this infrastructure and help ensure that electric cars are an attractive option for consumers”.

However, Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, claims the existing 2040 target is “already extremely challenging”. 

“We said we need world class infrastructure and world class incentives to have any chance of delivering so the recent cuts to the Plug-in Car Grant and lack of charging facilities – both of which are severely criticised by the Committee – show just how difficult it would be to accelerate this transition.”“Zero emission vehicles make up just 0.6% of the market meaning consumer appetite would have to grow by some 17,000% in just over a decade. This is unrealistic and rejects the evidence put forward by SMMT on behalf of the industry, which is investing billions into these technologies”. 

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19 October 2018

  Sounds like nobody has a clue what or how to go about getting realistic targets up and running, we’re already way behind other Nations because our governing systems ,red tape a Galaxy long!, it’s time the money that’s taken from motorists in Tax should only be spend on improving our Road systems and getting EV infrastructure and reinstate the full grant for EV purchase.....

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19 October 2018

Bloody politicians....Dangerous, clueless idiots trying to further their careers by making populist grandiose statements with no structure or foundation.

This epitomises why this country can never take a step forward without taking two back.

Bring back the Victorians.....nothing got in the way of our progress then!

19 October 2018

The government, backed by the forward-looking SMMT, are rolling out a massive new investment programme, starting in January of 2019 in a huge charging infrastructure.  All fuel stations will be required by law to provide rapid-charge points.  All supermarkets will have to follow suit by the Spring of next year.  By the Summer, work will begin on converting many streetlamps to provide charging points.  The government is abandoning its induced shut-down of fossil fuel power stations to facilitate a huge switch-over to power generation - to be completed in just 24 months.  This will allow the infrastructure to be assembled quickly and efficiently before the government returns to its carbon dioxide emission targets sometime in the future.  To encourage EV take-up, the government is to relax tax and VAT charges on all new EVs (defying EU law) and to relax taxes on UK companies involved in the construction of EVs made by British companies - to facilitate a lower purchase price.

No, of course not.

I say my bit, then go. So although I'm interested in what you may initially say, I don't care what you think about what I've written, so I won't read whatever your reply is.

19 October 2018

The government could help things considerably by forcing all car makers to adopt on type of recharging system and opening access up for all consumers regardless of what brand they drive.

19 October 2018

The government could help things considerably by forcing all car makers to adopt on type of recharging system and opening access up for all consumers regardless of what brand they drive.

19 October 2018

The government could help things considerably by forcing all car makers to adopt on type of recharging system and opening access up for all consumers regardless of what brand they drive.

19 October 2018

Hybrids are not banned so what sense does that title make?! In plug-in Hybrids the ICE will live on.

19 October 2018

..they better get started on the Mega-Gigawatt electrical system required. BMW hinted this week that their EV's are to be considered as "normal" and no longer require "fancy and expensive styling" in order to get the genaeral public "interested".

19 October 2018

Our government says :- we agree to reducing our Co2 emmissions while licencing the oil & gas industry to drill unconventional fracking wells over 63% of our land mass!                                     Our government said Iraq had WMD as a pretex to invade when in reality they didn't so we invaded Iraq illegally & now western companies extract their oil.                                                   Our government says it supports so called moderate rebells in Syria when the reality is they train, arm and use your tax money to support Islamic extremist to bring about Regime Change like they did in Libya- Today people are traded as slaves in Libya, so much for humanitarian intervention. Its time people woke up to the fact that our government does not have your best interests as their priority and what they do and say does not serve this country.

 Offence can only be taken not given- so give it back!

19 October 2018

I doubt the government need to do anything. The EU CO2 targets will ensure that well before 2032 almost everything will be some sort of hybrid, or a full EV. There just isnt any way of reaching these targets without this tech. And even though we wont (in theory) be part of the EU by then, i dont see that making any difference.

As for the charging infrastructure, it will grow as the number of cars do. It will be done by private companies who will charge a lot for the electricity to cover the cost of building and maintaining the sites. 

EVs will always be easiest to use for those who can charge at home, and get to their destination, and back without charging again. Hybrids will remain popular for people who do long journeys, and those who find it hard to plug in at home. 

The biggest concern has to be what effect this will have on the cost of new cars, and how long they last. I cant see a decent plug in or EV being available for the price of a basic Golf or Focus any time soon. And in the UK cars seem to get to about 15 years of age before we throw them away. Will EVs last this long? Hard to say as there are none that old old yet, but if they dont last as long that will make owning a second hand car much harder for the less well off.

Another thought is what the future tax model for motoring will look like. Today we pay a little in annual road tax, but a lot through fuel duty. I do wonder where the government expect to get the large amount of cash they currently take from the motorist once we just plug into a domestic supply?

I think NOW is the time to buy that V8 you always wanted. It wont be long before you will have to go onto youtube to find out what they sounded like 

 

 

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