Wednesday 28 February 2018
House of Commons
The last four years have seen a surge in demand for electric vehicles in the UK, with new registrations increasing from 3,500 in 2013 to over 126,000 by 2017. The Government’s Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill aims to ensure the UK retains its position as a global leader in the market for electric vehicle manufacture and uptake. However, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee have raised concerns that electric vehicle sales and roll-out are not as advanced as they should be with a postcode lottery of charging infrastructure facilities across the country. This Dinner Discussion will:
• Review the role of electric vehicles in the transition to a low-carbon economy to meet the Government's 2040 target to end the sale of new diesel and petrol cars
• Explore barriers to the UK’s electric vehicle market development along with the challenges electric vehicles represent for energy infrastructure
• Consider the security and reliability of electric vehicles being charged back to the national grid
• Discuss how the UK can promote electric vehicles through improvements to charging infrastructure as well as purchase costs and incentives to increase electric vehicle sales.