The UK Needs a Clearer Plan for Electric Vehicles, Experts Argue

Source: Desmog UK


Two years since ‘Dieselgate’, where Volkswagen was found to have been tampering with emissions readings to make their cars seem greener than they are, electric vehicles (EVs) are now fast becoming a real possibility for car owners.

However, the UK’s target to end the sale of new diesel cars and vans by 2040 has been seen by many as not ambitious enough, and puts the UK behind other countries such as Norway and India who have planned to ban new diesel vehicles from 2025 and 2030 respectively.

It is widely accepted that the transport sector will play a big part in reducing emissions if both air pollution and climate change targets are going to be met. The Committee on Climate Change said in their report for ‘Meeting Carbon Budgets: Closing the policy gap’ that to meet the fifth carbon budget, transport emissions need to reduce by an average of 4 percent per year to 2030.