Electric vehicles (EVs) have long been touted as a major solution to urban air pollution and it has been suggested that their widespread use could play a significant role in mitigating climate change.
In order to understand EV policy, the Government’s wider priorities must be taken into consideration. In recent years, environmental issues have been ascendant and are now higher up on the policy agenda than ever before. This is illustrated by the Government’s 25 Year Environmental Plan, issued in January, and the Clean Air Strategy due to be published later in Q3 or Q4 2018.
In this context, mainstream political parties in the UK have recently sought to set out policies that would facilitate the uptake of EVs and the expansion of connected infrastructure. To this end, in February 2017, it looked like the Government was going to introduce significant new legislation on electric vehicles in the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill, but the Bill became a casualty of the snap election.
A year on, the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, which contains many proposals from the scrapped Bill, looks set to become law. Through our Briefing Paper we will discuss the key features of the legislation before assessing how far it is likely to go in meeting the challenges that EVs face. Please click on the image to download the document.
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