The Benefits of Electric Vehicles
EVs help to reduce the UK’s emissions but they have wider benefits beyond this. Highlighting these wider benefits can help to bring round your MP to taking action.
If the UK is to reach net zero emissions by 2050 then there will need to be a rapid increase in the uptake of electric vehicles. The CCC estimate that to meet the current target of reducing emissions by 80% on 1990 levels then 60% of all new vehicles will have to be electric by 2030. All new vehicles will need to be electric by 2035.
The burning of fossil fuels in internal combustion engines is one of the main contributors towards air pollution. The impacts of air pollution on health are extensive, with outdoor air pollution contributing to 40,000 deaths per year in the UK. Research by the Royal College of Physicians has shown that there are proven links between air pollution and cancer, asthma, heart disease, obesity and strokes. A report by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee estimated that this costs the economy over £20 billion per year. Increasing the use of EVs would help to address the health impacts of air pollution and save the country money.
The UK’s strong car manufacturing industry makes it a great place for manufacturers of EVs to invest, thus creating jobs and contributing to economic growth. Over 50 000 of Nissan’s Leaf, for example, have been made at its Sunderland plant. The £36 million investment to produce the Leaf in Sunderland is estimated to support 2000 jobs at the plant and in the wider UK supply chain. Furthermore, with renewables on the rise, an increasing amount of electricity is generated locally or regionally, for example on the roof of our homes through solar panels. So, rather than sending vast amounts of money to oil exporting countries, consumers would be sending their money to national or regional utilities, regional power plant owners, community solar and wind farms, keeping the money within the country.
Date published: 22/10/2018
Last updated: 22/10/2018