The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has backed the calls of a select committee to urge the government to be even more ambitious when encouraging take-up of electric vehicles.
A report, put together by the influential select committee, wants to see the ban on petrol and diesel vehicles brought forward from 2040 to 2032, calling the government’s current plans “vague and unambitious.”
This would ensure that 100% of electric car and van sales arrive eight years earlier than originally planned.
Even more pressing, the select committee has warned the government that current charging infrastructure is lacking and “not fit for purpose.”
It is an area that the government has pledged to improve, and was one of a number of initiatives pledged at the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Summit in Birmingham in September.
By encouraging the government to do more to ensure only electric vehicles are sold into the market sooner rather than later, the select committee has mirrored the views of the NIC’s own National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA).
A first for the UK, the NIA highlights the need for a national, visible charging network, to be funded by both the government, and through councils.
The recommendations in the NIA should be in place in order for 100% electric car and van sales to be possible by the end of the next decade.
And a spokesperson for the NIC said: “With more drivers making the switch from petrol and diesel to electric cars each year, the committee are right to highlight the need for action now so that our infrastructure doesn’t dampen this growing demand.
“Through our National Infrastructure Assessment, we recommended the government work with Ofgem and local authorities to create a truly national, visible charging network and ensure people can make the switch confident they will be able to charge their cars during or at the end of their journey – wherever in the country that is.”