IMI backs government inquiry into EVs

The IMI has urged the government to consider incentives, infrastructure, availability and end-of-life disposal after it announced a new inquiry into the electric vehicle experience.

The inquiry is seeking industry and customer feedback on their real-life challenges with EVs, as the government considers the viability of its 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles.

Hayley Pells, policy and public affairs lead at the IMI, said: “The IMI fully supports the UK government’s ambition to transition to zero emission vehicles. This new inquiry, with its focus on understanding the barriers, costs, and benefits of transitioning by the 2030 and 2035 phase-out dates, is timely and essential.

“We are particularly pleased to see that the Environment and Climate Change Committee, led by Baroness Parminter, recognise the importance of seeking input from the automotive sector itself, as well as motorists. With our unique insights across the automotive sector, the IMI is committed to contribute to the inquiry. We stand ready to work alongside the government, our members, and the wider industry to achieve a seamless transition to electric vehicles.”

In terms of government approach, she said: “Incentivising a robust UK EV market is vital. The phase-out dates are aggressive but achievable with a collective effort, industry partnerships, and clarity in policy. The development of a clear roadmap, complete with key dates and timelines, will aid all stakeholders in preparing for the transition.”

She also urged the government to examine solutions for battery disposal and recycling, saying that the entire lifecycle of EVs needs to be taken into account when assessing sustainability.