Carbon counter: petrol vs hybrid vs electric. The case for avoiding a hybrid stepping stone.
FT 30th May 2021 read more »
Ministers have set a target date of 2030 for making all new cars electric, with the exception of hybrids, which have until 2035. But they have been vague on how to get there. Despite transport secretary Grant Shapps’s pledge in 2019 that “your postcode should play no part in how easy it is to use an electric car”, the pace of the rollout and regional disparities are causing consternation. The lack of clarity on the government’s thinking stretches to the overhauling of UK car factories. Nissan is in talks with ministers about a battery factory in Sunderland to power electric cars, but experts think many more will be needed. “We really need to accelerate that [charging] rollout when we look at future demand,” said Andrew McCall, Ford’s head of government relations in Europe. The US giant is calling for a government plan on electrification that would knit together Whitehall departments, carmakers, councils, energy companies and charging firms to meet the 2030 target.
Times 30th May 2021 read more »