‘Beggars belief!’: MP slams Government over electric vehicle ‘burden’ during energy crisis

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Just today, two energy suppliers – Green and Avro – have ceased trading following a surge in wholesale gas and electricity prices that is impacting the industry heavily. The All-Party Parliamentary Group, Fair Fuel for UK Motorists and UK Hauliers have criticised the Government over the energy crisis.

They claim they predicted the current crisis in a report published in September 2021.

It warned that the UK was not going to deliver and lacked the capacity to supply the energy needed for the 2030 ban on sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles.

At the time, they called on the Government to “remove the threat of the 2030 ban” and instead incentivise the move to clean fuels.

This would be done by “motivating industry and entrepreneurs to develop technologies that will not impact adversely on the economy, drivers or businesses”.

Now, with increased pressure on energy supplies, and skyrocketing gas prices, the All-Party Group is calling for something to be done. 

Craig Mackinlay MP, Chair of the All-Party Group, said: “This energy crisis was predicted by us, and is, unfortunately, the result of environmental energy policies that have no chance of delivering a stable service.

“The result is massive increases in energy charges plus insecurity of supply.

“In this context, we have been proved correct in our warning that you cannot build an entire reliable power grid around wind and solar power to fuel the replacement of energy sources of fossil fuelled vehicles.

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“The Government simply must revise its incomprehensible obsession with ineffective ways to power transport – and the country as a whole – and revisit the energy agenda of the United Kingdom.”

The Conservative MP for South Thanet took aim at the electric vehicle industry for not being as environmentally friendly as has been advertised.

He continued, saying: “Having promised to end all coal powered energy generation by October 1, 2024, we’re heading for a collision course between supply and demand.

“Ironically, the biggest additional burden on the grid is the electric transport sector.

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