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The transport sector is now the highest emitting sector in the UK economy, with cars accounting for over 50% of these emissions. A thriving electric vehicle (EV) industry can help the UK to achieve its climate change targets, as well as bringing wider benefits, such as boosting the UK economy and reducing air pollution.
According to Next Green Car, A UK motorist can now choose from about 120 electric vehicle models and at the end of 2017 there were approximately 178,000 electric vehicles on UK roads. The UK government is aiming to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040, while the Scottish government has a more ambitious target of 2032. However, The Committee on Climate Change says this must happen nearer to 2030 to meet the 3% emission reduction per year needed to meet the carbon budget.
The benefits of Electric vehicles
Electric Vehicles can reduce air pollution, provide a boost to the economy and reduce carbon emissions. You can raise some of these points to establish common ground with your MP and help them to see the benefits of electric vehicles
The Policy Environment
The government announced its ‘Road to Zero’ strategy in July 2018. This announced a number of policies to support the EV industry. However, the Committee on Climate Change says that this still doesn’t go far enough.
What Can I ask My MP to Do?
Here you can find out more about what MPs can do to reduce emissions in the car industry, such as moving forward the ban on petrol and diesel car sales, investing in charging infrastructure and encouraging active travel.