EV funding boost praised but ‘unnecessary’ ZEV mandates questioned – ‘red tape exercise’

Electric vehicle infrastructure is vital for transition says expert

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Earlier today, the Government set out their net zero strategy to “build back greener”, in anticipation of the COP26 conference taking place at the end of the month. The report announced massive investments into a number of zero-carbon initiatives including £620million in grants for electric vehicles and street charging points.

An extra £350million is being promised to help the automotive supply chain move to electric.

Car makers will also be mandated to sell a proportion of clean vehicles each year.

Lucy Simpson, the head of EV enablement at Centrica Business Solutions, the parent company of British Gas, said the changes were an “important step”.

She said: “As an organisation that is supporting the transition to electrified transport for our customers, as well as delivering on our own commitment to a fully electrified fleet by 2025, implementation of a ZEV mandate has the potential to drive a gear change in uptake, and reinforce the UK’s place as a climate leader.

“In the countdown to COP26, this is an important step towards delivering a cleaner transport network that’s both affordable and convenient for consumers.”

Edmund King, AA President, also hailed the Government’s proposals.

He said: “The AA supports the moves towards Net Zero and believes that EV incentives can help us along that road.

“This new charge point funding targeted more at the eight million households without dedicated off-street parking is a welcome step which will give power to electric drivers.

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“With the cost of petrol and diesel rising, the desire to switch to electric is stronger than ever before.

“Should the Chancellor go a step further next week and scrap VAT on targeted new EV sales, he would deliver a truly electrifying Budget that could ‘Get Electric Done’.”

Despite this, he was critical of some of the promises made by the Government. 

He continued: “However, the introduction of a ‘Zero Emissions Vehicle Mandate’ is probably unnecessary.

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