Sales of EVs not growing enough for climate targets.18 March 2021
In November 2020, the Government announced a ban on all new petrol and diesel cars, with a target of zero emissions accounting for 100% of all vehicles sales by 2035, with the five interim years allowing the sale of hybrid vehicles.
Even with the strong sales of EVs recently, the uptake to switch to the alternative-fuelled vehicles has been slow when compared to fossil-fuel-powered vehicles.
Is this due to range anxiety? Whilst the switch to EV is slow, so too is the roll out of public charging points, seeing less than a 1,000 increase from 2011, to 19,487 chargers currently available. That being said, the Government has pledged and set new targets, that all service areas across England’s main road network will have at least six ultra-rapid chargers by 2023.
The next big phase in public available charging of EVs will be roadside solutions for those who do not have a driveway. This will be the next infrastructure obstacle to overcome and supply enough funding for the local authorities to implement, to allow growth in sales as the years tick down to 2030 and whilst on the journey to net zero in 2050.
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