The mass-market adoption of electric vehicles is widely seen as a cornerstone of the strategy to achieve the legally required carbon emissions cuts in the UK transport sector. An analysis by the UK Committee on Climate Change suggests that nine per cent of new car sales should be electrical vehicles by 2020, 60 per cent by 2030, and 100 per cent by the 2040s to meet carbon budgets cost-effectively – a rate of nearly doubling mass-market adoption of plug-in vehicles (PIV) year on year.
Supporting large-scale transition to electric cars
Moving to a low-carbon economy is an important part of the Government's Industrial Strategy. A large-scale uptake of electric cars will enable significant cuts in carbon emissions, but needs policy support. The UK and other countries with high or increasing car ownership should ensure that new car CO2 legislation and pricing incentives after 2020 are beneficial for plug-in vehicle (PIV) market development, and support the emerging PIV manufacturing base.
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