As expected, there was no financial support to incentivise the uptake of electric cars in the chancellor’s budget this week. And with a general election now being tipped for as early as May, it’s extremely unlikely that any support will be forthcoming this side of autumn – if ever. 

Several car makers have reacted furiously, the underlying sentiment being that EVs have been pushed to buyers at a set percentage whether they want them or not and car makers are the ones on the hook if they don’t reach that threshold.

As a reminder, the UK needs to get EVs to 22% of car sales this year but has been stalled at 16% for several months now.