10 May 2010 05:05:16
Policy on electric cars 'must get moving'
The government must make the effort to "get policy moving" if it is to meet its targets for a greener transport system, according to low carbon business ambassador Julia King.
Speaking at the John Collier lecture, Ms King said that even though there is a lot of development taking place within the electric vehicle market, radical changes are needed if long-term targets are to be met.
She identified three alternatives which the UK could use to reach its targets for reducing the carbon emissions from vehicles: biofuels, hydrogen and electricity.
Electric car production was said to be the most promising option to contribute to the UK's low carbon economy.
Nissan announced that production of its electric car, the Leaf, will begin in Sunderland in 2013, and Toyota has also identified the UK's potential as a manufacturer of both next-generation batteries and vehicles.
"The change in industry attitude is very promising. In 2030, the UK will be selling cars to rapidly-developing Asian economies," Ms King said.
In contrast, initiatives within the area of electric cars have so far been "disjointed", she added.
So, in fact, is it up to the government to "get policy moving" or will the industry take care of itself?