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Law should require electric cars to make up one in six new cars sold

by Santos Beal (2020-09-11)

The Government should enforce new rules that require 15 per cent of all new cars sold by manufacturers to be fully electric vehicles, according to a campaign group.  

With the latest pure electric models becoming more affordable and offering longer driving ranges between charges, charity Global Action Plan says ministers should force the hand of car firms to do more to promote plug-in vehicles.

It said the Government has allowed 'corporate failure' in recent years, with auto firms permitted to market gas-guzzling SUVs when cleaner vehicles should be promoted.

A calculation has revealed which on-sale electric models cost the least to drive 100 miles - find out which cars top the charts below. 

Government has allowed 'corporate failure' when it comes to electric cars: A campaign group has called on ministers to introduce new laws to promote the sale of zero-emission cars and cut back on marketing of gas-guzzling vehicles like SUVs

Lat year, just 1.6 per cent of all new cars bought in the UK were Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs).

They accounted for 37,850 of the 2.3million new motors that entered our road network in 2019.

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However, the market share of BEVs is much higher so far this term, with more drivers making the switch to zero-emission cars already in 2020 than they did in 2019 as a whole.

By the end of July, a total of 39,119 new BEVs have been purchased by drivers, which account for 4.7 per cent of the 828,400 vehicle registrations in 2020.

There is a projection for 62,000 new pure electric models to be sold, based on stats for the first six months of the year.

But Global Action Plan says this shift to cleaner motoring isn't happening fast enough, and the government should increase regulation of the industry and impose sanctions on brands who don't flog enough cars that plug into charge points.

It wants ministers to force manufacturers to sell a 15 per cent quota of electric vehicles - which works out at around one in six of all new models leaving showrooms being BEVs.

Charity group Global Action Plan says one in six new models sold by manufacturers in the UK should be electric

That's despite car makers already facing strict EU rules that dictate by how much they need to reduce the carbon emission outputs of its vehicle range in the coming years ahead of plans for the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars to be banned entirely, in some countries by the end of the decade.

Britain's current proposal is for the sale of new passengers cars with internal combustion engines to be banned from 2035 - though there have been suggestions by Transport Minister Grant Shapps that the deadline could be accelerated to 2032.

New research by GAP and the FIA Foundation suggests that electric cars have already become a viable option for millions of drivers in the UK who are overlooking the benefits of low-emission vehicles.

It says there is now a wide choice of electric cars available across sectors and range anxiety is becoming less of an issue, with some Teslas now capable of up to 375 miles and sub-£30,000 BEVs offering driving distances close to 300 miles between charges.

Researchers claim this would be more than adequate for households that have a second car, which account for 5.7 millions of vehicles on our roads. 

The study found that three in five of two-car families have off-road parking, and therefore easy access to plug their motors into home charge points.

These motorists also never drive these second vehicles more than 50 miles at a time, which falls well inside the range bracket of all the latest BEVs to hit the market in recent years. 

The campaigner claimed that 5.7million cars on UK roads are second vehicles in households.

February 2020 social media posts - CWCkiIt wants these motors to be replaced with EVs, like Renault's small Zoe (pictured)