Electric cars ‘will need to be taxed’ to make up for lost fuel duties. PM’s commitment to phase out petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 will leave the Treasury with a £40bn black hole. The rise of electric cars will force Rishi Sunak to overhaul the tax regime to replace tens of billions of pounds of lost income from petrol and diesel duties, the Government’s climate change guru has predicted. The head of the Climate Change Committee (CCC) said the Chancellor will make sweeping changes to transport levies to raise revenue from battery-powered vehicles. He made the comments as the Treasury mulls a road pricing, or “pay per mile”, system.
Telegraph 11th Sept 2021 read more »
Electric car charging points in people’s homes will be preset to switch off for nine hours each weekday at times of peak demand because ministers fear blackouts on the National Grid. Under regulations that will come into force in May, new chargers in the home and workplace will be automatically set not to function from 8am to 11am and 4pm to 10pm. Public chargers and rapid chargers, on motorways and A-roads, will be exempt. The government is also taking powers to impose a “randomised delay” of up to 30 minutes at other times to avoid pressure on the grid if there is a scramble among motorists to recharge their batteries at the same time.
Times 12th Sept 2021 read more »