20 May 2021

Government’s “Huge Challenge” to Hit 2030 Electric Vehicle Target

The Government is facing a “huge challenge” to hit their ambitious target of banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030.

The Public Accounts Committee has said a number of issues will see this plan derailed, with the price of new eco-friendly vehicles, the availability and frequency of charging points, and better education of the general public on these types of vehicles all needing to be addressed to encourage better sales.

Despite being the fastest growing segment of market sales, the 11% share is still far below the 100% the Government is hoping to achieve in just nine years’ time.

Meg Hillier, MP and chair of the committee, said; “Once again, what we’ve got is a Government throwing up a few signs around base camp – and no let-up in demand for oversized, petrol-guzzling vehicles.”

In response, a Government spokesman commented that they had a “highly ambitious and world-leading approach to increasing the up-take of zero-emission cars.”

Reacting to the news, Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said; “As the Public Accounts Committee has made clear, we need a comprehensive and holistic plan to get us there in time.

“Now is the time for Government to match its world-leading ambitions with a world-class policy package.”

Sales of new hybrid vehicles are to banned from 2035, according to Government plans.

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