More than half (57%) of British people would consider buying an electric car if it was within their budget according to a recent YouGov survey. When it comes to young people - those between 18-24 - this number increases to a whopping 73% of respondents. As the price of EVs comes down rapidly over the next decade and EV charging infrastructure is rolled out across the UK, EVs should come to take up more and more market share, according to these figures.
The UK Government is clearly looking to incentivise people to go green and choose EVs over conventional cars in order to stay on their planned “road to zero”. The recent funds made available for EV charging infrastructure testify to this desire. Some barriers remain, however. Concerns around charging capacity and price, and lack of EV chargers in local areas, constitute the main barriers to EV uptake in the UK. The Government could very easily address these by launching a communications campaign dispelling myths about EVs, continuing to fund EV incentives for individuals and businesses, and rolling out more evenly distributed and comprehensive financing and advice for local authorities’ development of EV charging infrastructure. Based on its policy papers and recent moves, the UK government looks likely to carry out the two latter suggestions in the coming few years, but the first is not yet in sight. However, many private companies, like Tesla and Volkswagen, looking to sell EVs or EV chargers may well provide the campaigning element that the government lacks.
The Conservative win in the December 2019 election will influence the future of UK e-mobility and energy policy over the next decade, and the party looks set to continue the UK’s trajectory towards being greener into 2020 and beyond. The popular mood in the UK has really swung towards climate-friendly policies in recent years. With the launch of groups like Extinction Rebellion, a UK-founded but now global activist climate movement, UK citizens look increasingly keen on further climate action. In this sense, the future of e-mobility in the UK looks very bright, but we will have to see if the ideas proposed by policymakers, activists and the wider public come to fruition.
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