The government is failing to tackle vehicle emissions and is trailing behind much of Europe on green thinking, claims a new report. It also criticises ministers for not producing a clear strategy for low-carbon transport.
The study “Low Carbon Vehicles: Driving the UK’s Transport Revolution”, from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, claims that the government’s electric car plan is short-sighted and that a range of other beneficial technologies are being ignored.
The report’s author, Richard Folkson, said the government’s focus on electric cars forced the IMechE to act.
“The government is backing a winner when we don’t know what the winner is,” he told Autocar.
“Now the public thinks that if you buy an electric car you are going to save the planet, and that is misleading.”
He said that without urgent action, a UK pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent from 1990 levels by 2050 will be missed by a “significant margin”.