Britain is falling behind in the global shift to electric vehicles (EVs). If the government wants to, as it says, “cement the UK’s position as a world leader in the low emission and electric vehicle industry”, its forthcoming ‘Road to zero’ strategy is a prime opportunity to shift gear.
This report recommends that the ban on petrol and diesel vehicles is brought forward ten years, from 2040 to 2030. But targets alone won’t be enough. Speeding up the EV uptake would help reduce the carbon gap, close the vehicle deficit and allow the UK to become a net vehicle exporter as well as reduce the costs of EVs making them more accessible for everyone.