21 Sep 2010 11:09:06
Electric vehicle take-up 'still uncertain'
Nobody yet knows what the take-up of electric vehicles by the UK public will be like, one expert has claimed.
Dr Ben Lane, director of WhatGreenCar.com, said that government grants and the availability of new models should lead to an increase in the uptake of electric vehicles, but whether this will happen is not yet known.
"Everybody is watching to see if the latest models can actually switch people to electric vehicles in significant numbers," he added.
Transport secretary Phillip Hammond recently awarded £24 million for the development of low carbon vehicles and related technology in the UK.
The development of electric engines for Nissan, Lotus and Jaguar Land Rover cars, lightweight materials to reduce the weight of vehicles and thermal energy technologies to boost performance are among the projects receiving funding.
Dr Lane added that the government could do more in terms of incentives to consumers, but praised the plug-in car grant.
"For the first time, the government is seriously tackling the purchase barriers and the grant is likely to make a significant difference," he said.