The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has welcomed the government’s Road to Zero Strategy but warns that challenges around charging infrastructure need to be addressed if zero emission vehicles are to succeed.
It is a strong show of commitment by the UK automotive industry to the target of zero emission transport, and the sector will invest in the range of technologies and products to help achieve these goals.
However, the SMMT warn that barriers around infrastructure, supply chain and consumer acceptance all need to be tackled first.
Launched by the government, the Road to Zero Strategy will lead the way in zero emission technology, expanding green infrastructure and making as many as 70% of new car sales ultra low emission by 2030.
This, it is hoped, will encourage the uptake of zero emission cars, vans and trucks.
The SMMT has recognised the fact that the UK automotive industry has made great strides towards zero emission transport, investing billions in alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs), and although 80 models are already in the market, with even more to follow, the organisation believes that consumer confidence has to be addressed.
And although the Road to Zero Strategy recognises this, the SMMT believe consumer initiatives are important.
Regarding the infrastructure needed to introduce the volume of zero emission vehicles that the government wants to see implemented, more needs to be done.
It is striking that many parts of the country are increasing their electric charge points, but the SMMT believe the government’s approach has to be “strategically coordinated” in order to roll out the new charging and refuelling infrastructure.
This can only be done by involving all stakeholders with an interest in this, such as charge point providers, energy and fuel companies, distribution network operators and local authorities.
It is clear that there is significant appetite for these measures to be implemented into the automotive industry, but the SMMT has outlined the challenges that will present themselves.