Government rejects plans to improve the uptake of electric cars in UK

Government rejects plans to improve the uptake and perception of electric cars in UK

The Government has recently revealed it will not set targets for the uptake of plug-in cars in its official response to a Transport Select Committee report.

It said that it would be "unhelpful" to set targets for electric vehicle sales in the UK and that charging infrastructure is a matter for the industry to resolve.
There are currently multiple charging schemes in operation throughout the UK but not all of the connections are compatible, meaning drivers of differing electric vehicles will be only be able to use a small percentage of charging points.

Among the Select Committee's recommendations were requests for the Government to explain how it will standardise the infrastructure used for plug-in vehicles, including the physical connections and the financial aspects to make it easier for drivers.

Although the Government understands the advantages of a single recharging solution, it believes it is up to the market and the industry to decide what the solution is and to implement it.

A spokesperson for Renault - a firm that is investing heavily in mass produced electric vehicles – said, "We are very happy with the support we have received from the government. It is clear they are committed to the future of electric vehicles in the UK.

"However, I believe that the decision on charging points and standardisation of connections is up to the industry as the industry knows what works.

"At Renault, we believe the charging problem should be tackled at home, with owners plugging their vehicles in and charging overnight."

In its response to the report, the Coalition Government asserts that it remains committed to making the UK one of the premier markets for so-called ultra-low carbon electric vehicles (ULEVs), supporting it with grants for consumers until at least 2015 and by continuing to work with partners in the automotive industry to remove barriers to adoption.
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