Can the Government achieve its Electric vehicle targets?

The Public accounts Committee questions whether the Government can achieve its Electric vehicle targets

The government has a “mountain to climb” to reach its goals of phasing out new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 and for all new cars to be zero-emission by 2035.

Public Accounts Committee slams government’s lack of plan for ‘huge challenge’ of EV transition – Current news – May 2021

Public accounts Committee Report – May 2021

The PAC detailed recommendations into charging infrastructure, stating it isn’t convinced that the government has “sufficiently thought through” how this will expand at the pace required to meet the targets.

Public Accounts Committee slams government’s lack of plan for ‘huge challenge’ of EV transition – Current news – May 2021

The PAC asked both the DfT and BEIS about their strategy to avoid ‘not spots’ – areas where the market doesn’t deliver because uptake is insufficient. The DfT responded that the majority of EV owners will charge at home overnight and start their journeys with 100% charge. However, the PAC said that data from the English Housing Survey shows that 33% of households in England don’t have access to off-street parking, with this increasing to 68% for those living in social housing.

Public Accounts Committee slams government’s lack of plan for ‘huge challenge’ of EV transition – Current news – May 2021

The report criticises the Government for having no clear plan for how it will increase zero-emission car registrations from 11% to 100% in the next 14 years.

Government has “no plan” for mass EV switch by 2035, say MPs – FleetNews – May 2021

The report cites the requirement for the UK workforce to develop new skills and capabilities to support the changeover in the UK vehicle fleet, the environmental implications including on global supply changes, the impact on future power needs and the implications on government tax income due to the loss of fuel duties.

MPs: Government “has no clear plan” for 2030 ICE ban – Autocar – May 2021

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