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The Government needs to do more to put electric vehicles onto the roads if it is to meet its target of achieving ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050, the BVRLA has said.

According to the fleet body, problems with taxation, electric vehicle charging point infrastructure and vehicle supply are hampering the number of EVs being registered.

It claimed the Government is “failing in three key areas”:

A lack of clarity about what taxes will be levied on the buyers and users of EVs in future years means they are holding back.

There are still too many rapid charge point ‘blackspots’ and the ability to roam between different charging networks remains a challenge.

The Government set a target to make 25% of its car fleet ultra-low emission vehicles by 2022, but recent data indicates that only 2% are ULEVs, placing the Government way behind on its own plans.

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In order to help increase the number of EVs within fleets, the BVRLA called on the Government to provide a five-year plan for company car taxation and EV incentives, as well as setting an EV registration quota which increases over time.

“We are less than a year on from the launch of the Government’s Road to Zero strategy,” said BVRLA chief executive, Gerry Keaney. “Fleets across the UK have committed to this transition and are leading the zero-emission vehicle surge. Our research has found that they are desperate for clarity on future taxation and incentives, want better access to public charging and are frustrated at lead-times of over 12 months for the most popular EVs.”

He added: “Fleets are already spending billions of pounds on electric vehicles and can drive an even faster transition to zero emission motoring with more government support. Growing concerns around urban air quality and climate change mean that the Government is already updating its targets with more ambitious ones. We are ready to work with policymakers and the automotive supply chain in meeting today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.”