The sales of new electric vehicles (EVs) are on the rise in Britain, with one EV being sold almost every minute according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). However, despite the growing popularity, there are still significant hurdles preventing widespread adoption of electric cars.
A recent study conducted by the SMMT revealed that 68% of UK motorists are interested in switching to electric vehicles but are hindered by high prices and the lack of infrastructure. The study also found that only 2% of respondents planned to make the switch this year, with the majority stating they could wait until 2024 or later.
One major obstacle is the cost of electric vehicles. Cheaper electric models, such as the £26,000 BYD Dolphin and MG4 EV, are starting to enter the market. However, the low prices of Chinese electric cars have attracted the attention of the European Union, which is considering imposing tariffs on these vehicles.
Another challenge is the lack of charging infrastructure. The study revealed that two-thirds of respondents were discouraged from buying an EV due to the severe shortage of public charge points. Although BP Pulse recently opened the largest charging station in the UK, the SMMT is advocating for mandated targets for charge point rollout to address this issue.
Furthermore, the removal of the Plug-in Vehicle Grant by the UK government has left the country as the only major European nation without a taxpayer-backed EV incentive scheme. To make EV ownership more affordable, the SMMT is calling for a cut in Value Added Tax (VAT) on new EV sales, as well as VAT reductions for home and public charging.
In conclusion, while the demand for electric vehicles is growing in the UK, challenges such as high prices and inadequate charging infrastructure are impeding widespread adoption. Efforts to address these issues, including the introduction of more affordable models and the expansion of charging networks, are essential in encouraging households to make the switch to electric and supporting the EV industry’s recovery from the pandemic.
– Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)