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Ban on new petrol and diesel cars 'should be brought forward to 2032'

The Government's 2040 targets for zero emissions cars are vague and unambitious, says the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee. It wants the Government to bring forward a clear, precise target for new sales of cars and vans to be zero emission by 2032.

The Committee believes that poor provision of charging points for electric vehicles is one of the greatest barriers to growing the EV market.

It has called on the Government to take the lead in ensuring charging points are provided nationwide and to help local authorities across greater technical and financial support for developing charging infrastructure across the country - including in remote and rural areas.

"For all the rhetoric of the UK becoming a world leader in EVs, the reality is that the Government's deeds do not match the ambitious of its words," Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, said.

"The Government's targets on zero emissions vehicles are unambitious and vague, giving little clarity or incentive to industry or consumers to invest in electric cars. If we are serious about being EV world leaders, the Government must come forward with a target of new sales of cars and vans to be zero emission by 2032.

"Our charging infrastructure is simply not fit for purpose. We cannot expect consumers to overcome 'range anxiety' and switch to electric vehicles if they cannot be confident of finding convenient, reliable points to regularly charge their cars.

"The Government needs to get a grip and lead on coordinating the financial support and technical know how necessary for local authorities to promote this infrastructure and help ensure that electric cars are an attractive options for consumers."

A report published by the Committee concluded that the current fiscal regime for EVs gives inconsistent messages about the Government's ambitions for EVs, and recommends that the Government align new fiscal changes with the zero emissions target.

In particular, the Government should ensure buyers of electric vehicles benefit from preferential Vehicle Excise Duty rates and that the introduction of preferential rates on company car tax for EVs is brought forward without delay. The Government should also maintain Plug in Grants for new electric vehicles at current levels, rather than cutting them from November, as was announced by the Department for Transport last month.

Rachel Reeves added: "The slashing of the Plug in Grant scheme drives the incentives of buying an electric vehicle into reverse. Cutting support is a perverse way to encourage drivers to move to non polluting cars. This is only the latest sign of the Government's inconsistent approach to developing the market for electric vehicles."