Government opens EV enquiry

The House of Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee has opened its inquiry into electric vehicles.

The inquiry is examining the importance of the decarbonisation of transport and transition to EVs to secure net zero targets.

It seeks to understand how the government will achieve its upcoming 2030 and 2035 deadlines for the phase out dates for non-zero emission vehicles, as well as exploring the main obstacles and barriers to meeting these targets.

Focussing on passenger cars, the committee is exploring what steps can be taken by government to make the transition as easy and accessible as possible both for consumers and businesses.

Giving evidence on day one was Marc Palmer, brand director, Autotrader, Phill Jones, CEO,, Toby Poston, director of corporate affairs, BVRLA, James Taylor, general manager, Zipcar, James Taylor, managing director, Vauxhall Motors, Professor Tim Schwanen, director of the Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford, Lauren Pamma, programme director, Green Finance Institute, and Mike Hawes, CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The enquiry is open until 15 September and is keen to hear from motorists and the industry about their EV experiences.