On October 19 this year, the government unveiled new plans for a new ‘electric car mandate’ as part of the UK’s path to net zero emissions by 2050.
If it comes into force, the announced mandate means that a certain, yet to be determined, proportion of a car manufacturer’s sales in the UK must be for electric vehicles. Setting the UK on the road to an electric future.
Hand in hand with the mandate, the government also announced an extra £350 million being spent to support the infrastructure surrounding electronic vehicles. Alongside a further £620 million being set aside to support grants for electric cars and infrastructure, for both individuals and local governments.
Clearly, the mandate has strong intentions to bring more electric vehicles onto Britain’s roads. However, some critics have called out the government’s initiative as, potentially, missing the point. Given that manufacturers themselves are already taking big steps in order to meet the new regulation whereby new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be completely banned by 2030.
What’s more, is that the government in fact cut the plug-in car grant by £500 earlier this year, from £3,000 to £2,500. Reducing the support for newcomers to expensive plug-in vehicles.
Ultimately, it is incredibly valuable to see the government conceiving of further legislation to ensure electric vehicles become the new normal. However, it is important that such infrastructure goes far enough to ensure an electric future by incentivising electric vehicles while supporting new buyers who may not be able to afford the high prices new electric vehicles often hold.
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