Government Wants UK To Be Leader In Low Emission Vehicles
Deputy Prime Minister Calls For Motor Industry Input
The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, is calling for motor industry experts to recommend ideas to help the country become a world leader in low emission vehicles. Why? Because the government has committed to spending five-hundred million pounds between 2015 and 2020 – in addition to the four-hundred million pounds previously reported - to elevate ultra low emission vehicles from a concept that suits the minority to the default choice for the masses. As such, the government wants evidence based input from local authority workers, fleet managers and others with an interest in the sector to establish where its investment should be spent to maximise any positive impact. Interested parties have until January 10th 2014 to express their views – and the government will reveal to the public how it plans to proceed within the following months.
Nick Clegg Discusses Low Emission Vehicles
Mr Clegg said: “The UK’s automotive industry has undergone a renaissance in recent years and we have the potential to emerge as a trailblazer in the development, design and manufacture of green cars.” He added: “We need to see more people who live in Britain driving these cars and enjoying the lower running costs they can bring. The job now is making sure that we get the most out of every penny, so I am launching a call for evidence from key players in the industry to find out how we kick start demand and make the UK the number one European destination for investment in ultra low emissions vehicles.”
Fully Electric Vehicles Must Improve To Be Popular
Before the majority of people buy electric cars there must be several improvements. In fact, the concept must evolve to match the practicality and ease of use of petrols/diesels. For example, an electric vehicle has a limited range compared to its traditionally powered counterparts. This restricts it to short journeys between towns – and even the manufacturer’s claimed maximum range can be hard to manage in low temperatures or while heavily laden. Running secondary systems such as the air-con and heated seats can also shorten its capability. Furthermore, a petrol/diesel can be fuelled at thousands of stations throughout the country with a few minutes. An electric car, in contrast, can only be recharged at a few locations and this takes far longer. Charging at home is typically even slower (many hours). Once these issues have been resolved thousands more will embrace electric cars, but until then they remain short journey playthings for a select few.