The government has been criticised for its patchy and inconsistent approach to electric car adaptation with SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes declaring it “a game of snakes and ladders”.
Although the government has urged the phase-out of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 – the most onerous target for any industry – recent cuts to the Plug-in Car Grant are the latest hurdle faced by the car industry.
While ministers say they are working with industry, said Mr Hawes, “for automotive, the policy is just ‘end the sale’.
“The government seems to have the automotive industry in its sights, but seems to have lost sight of the one vital player in this deal: the consumer.”
This is reflected in the take-up of electric cars, with private buyers registering just 4.6 percent of electric vehicles in 2020, compared to 8.7