EV production ‘too slow’ for 2050 goals
A new report by the National Audit Office says that sales of electric cars are not growing fast enough to meet the government's climate targets.
The report says that "substantial growth" is required to meet the government's target of having zero emissions cars accounting for 100 per cent of new sales from 2035.
Average emissions from new cars in Great Britain fell year on year between 2011 and 2016.
However, emissions increased by 6% between 2016 and 2019. This increase has been attributed to factors including a rise in the sale of sports utility vehicles (SUVs), increased road traffic and travel by car, and revised methods for estimating carbon emissions.
The NAO report also addressed a lack of charging points, saying the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) had "not yet focused sufficiently on charge point availability for people who do not have a driveway".
Gareth Davies, the comptroller and auditor general of the NAO, said to Sky news: "The number of ultra-low emission cars on UK roads has increased, but meeting the government's ambitious targets to phase out new petrol and diesel cars in less than a decade still requires a major transition for consumers, carmakers and those responsible for charging infrastructure."