Driving change: the road ahead for Electric Vehicles in the UK

The UK’s electric vehicle (EV) revolution is accelerating rapidly as a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 looms.

However, while the direction of travel looks set, various policy challenges could affect the speed of the UK’s transition to EVs. Industry groups say the rollout of public charging points is failing to keep up with the market, while some consumers continue to worry about the range, convenience, and price of EVs, especially during a cost-of-living crisis. Despite industry calls for more action in the face of huge initiatives in the US and EU, the government has scrapped its long-running plug-in car grant and announced that EVs will no longer be exempt from road tax from 2025 as it shifts its focus to supporting growth of the UK’s charging infrastructure.

This Dods Political Intelligence report provides an update on the UK’s transition to EVs, including a timeline of key developments, overview of policy direction and progress, and examination of some of the key challenges. The report concludes with a list of policymakers who could influence the EV sector.

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