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Road to Zero plan falling short says BVRLA

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The Government needs to improve its electric vehicle strategy if it is to have any chance of meeting its new ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050 pledge.

New British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association (BVRLA) analysis shows that issues with taxation, charge point infrastructure and vehicle supply are hitting UK electric vehicle registrations. BVRLA chief executive, Gerry Keaney said: “Our research has found that they (fleets) are desperate for clarity on future taxation and incentives, want better access to public charging and are frustrated at lead-times of over 12 months for the most popular EVs.”

According to the Government, road transport is responsible for 26% of the UK’s greenhouses gas emissions and to reduce this impact, it published a ‘Road to Zero’ strategy in July 2018, pledging to make almost every car and van zero emission by 2050. BVRLA’s Road to Zero Report Card, produced by sustainability consultancy Ricardo, provides a traffic-light assessment of the Government’s progress towards meeting its zero-emission car and van targets.

The association’s recommendations include: providing a five-year roadmap for motoring taxes and EV incentives; setting a national quota for EV registrations that ramps up between now and 2030 and mandating universal methods of access and payment for public charge points.