Chair of the influential Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee, Rachel Reeves, pressed Business Minister Richard Harrington last week over government targets for electric vehicle uptake.
The Minister was giving evidence to the Committee for their ‘Electric vehicles: developing the market and infrastructure’ inquiry when he was questioned by members over the Government’s target for all new cars being effectively zero emissions by 2040. When the Minister was unable to clarify the precise definition of ‘effectively zero’ the Chair raised concerns on behalf of vehicle manufacturers who are currently unsure what technology will be deemed acceptable under this target.
BVRLA car fleets are already 8% cleaner than the national average and many members are keenly watching new policy developments in this area. As a result, the Association submitted written evidence to the Committee’s inquiry earlier this year. There will be an opportunity to discuss this topic in further detail at the BVRLA’s Fleet Technology Congress next month, when delegates will have the opportunity to attend a brand-new breakout session on ‘The Future and Electric Motoring’.