UK Government Says It's Unnecessary to Establish Targets or Provide Support for Plug-In Vehicles
Let's hope this doesn't signal the start of a trend.
Recently, the UK's Transport Select Committee submitted its report, titled "Plugged in Policy?" The report focused on plug-in vehicles, including adoption, charging, and sales. The UK's government officials reviewed "Plugged in Policy?" and arrived at the general conclusion that it's not necessary to establish targets for plug-in vehicle sales and that it's not the duty of government to standardize charging points or otherwise support the growth of plug-in vehicles.
The government arrived at this conclusion despite recommendations to the contrary presented by one of the government's Common Select Committees. The committee suggested that the government explain how it will standardize the plug-in vehicle infrastructure, which in this case includes charging requirements (connectors, locations, fees) and financial incentives for plug-in vehicle buyers.
The government rejected the idea that it should be involved in this process, instead stating "There are advantages to a single recharging plug solution… it is our stance that it is for the market and industry to decide what charging hardware and infrastructure will be."
Furthermore, the report from the Committee suggested that the government establish sales targets to assess the success of plug-in vehicle and to evaluate the impact of the UK's subsidies for plug-in vehicles. In response, the government stated that uncertainty of market penetration of plug-ins prevents a target from being established. If there's no goal, then how can a nation evaluate success?
This back-seat approach and we're-not-involved attitude is not likely to promote growth in the plug-in vehicle segment. If the government of a nation can't stand behind a worthy product, then its residents likely won't either. There's already evidence of this in the UK, where sales of plug-in vehicles are abysmal, but if this hands-off stance were to be adopted by other nations, the consequences would seriously impact the health of the market.
New to EVs? Start here
Electric Cars Pros and Cons
EVs are a great solution for most people. But not everybody.
Seven Things To Know About Buying a Plug-In Car
A few simple tips before you visit the dealership.
Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars
Take advantage of credits and rebates to reduce EV costs.
Buying Your First Home EV Charger
You'll want a home charger. Here's how to buy the right one.
The Ultimate Guide to Electric Car Charging Networks
If you plan to charge in public, you'll want to sign up for charging network membership (or two).
Electric Vehicle Charging for Businesses
How do you ensure that electric car owners will be happy with every visit to your charging spot?
How to Use the PlugShare EV Charging Station Tool
Locate EV charging stations and optimize their use with a powerful mobile app.
Quick Charging of Electric Cars
Add 50 to 60 miles of range in about 20 minutes. Here's how.
The Real Price of EV Public Charging
Compare the cost of charging on the road to what you pay at home.
Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette
Thou shalt charge only when necessary. And other rules to live by.