Rarely does a conversation with an executive go by without them bemoaning the instability and indecisiveness of the regulatory and legislative environment in which the automotive industry operates.

With good reason too, especially in the UK, where the outgoing government’s only consistent line has been for the country to be a world leader in electric vehicles. It has been that already, albeit world leading only in causing confusion among the car-buying public as to whether or not they need to buy an EV, and by when. 

Yet now we have a new government and a new party running the country. Will stability finally now be afforded to the automotive industry and clarity to those buying the cars it creates?

It’s hard to think the new government can handle messaging any worse than the previous one, although we don’t know too much about Labour’s view on the industry and motorists beyond some rather broad statements that have created more questions than answers.