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Committee publishes Government response to electric vehicles report

11 January 2019

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has today published the Government response to its report ‘Electric vehicles: driving the transition’.

The Committee’s report was published on 18 October and called for the Government to bring forward a target for all new sales of cars and vans to be truly zero emission by 2032. A full list of the report’s recommendations are available here.

Chair's comments

Commenting on the Government response, Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the BEIS Committee, said:

"The Government continues to fail to match its own rhetoric in encouraging people to switch to electric vehicles (EVs). The Government’s response to the BEIS Committee’s report highlights once again the lack of ambition and vagueness of the UK Government’s targets on zero-emissions vehicles.

"If the Government is serious in its commitment to ensuring the UK is a world-leader in electric vehicles, then it needs to give a clear and unambiguous target to help industry and the consumer make the switch to EVs. To ensure the UK seizes the opportunities to develop a globally-competitive EV industry, and takes a lead on decarbonising our transport, the Government must come forward with a target of new sales of cars and vans to be truly zero emission by 2032. 
 
"It’s also vitally important that the Government comes forward with detailed policies and actions to help make electric vehicles an attractive option, not least by ensuring that consumers across the UK have access to convenient and reliable charging points for their EVs."

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