15 Oct 2010 11:10:02
Public 'should be given opportunities to drive electric vehicles'
Policymakers should give members of the public the chance to trial electric vehicles to boost perceptions, it has been claimed.
Figures published by Mitsubishi Motors earlier this week, based on the results of a UK-wide low carbon and electric vehicle test, suggest that confidence is growing in such models.
Dr Ben Lane, director of WhatGreenCar.com, explained that tests generally show when people drive electric vehicles "their expectations significantly rise".
He went on to suggest that initiatives should be put in place which allow Brits to test electric cars.
The government has announced significant investments within the low-carbon vehicle industry in recent months, particularly on the manufacturing and engineering sides.
Transport secretary Philip Hammond announced last month that the government will be providing £24 million for the development of new engines for plug-in hybrid versions of Nissan, Lotus and Jaguar Land Rover cars, among other things.
Dr Lane suggested that "2011 looks like it will be a very promising year for electric vehicles".