Britain’s upper parliamentary chamber, the House of Lords, announced on Wednesday its intent to deeply scrutinize the country’s shift to electric vehicles (EVs). This initiative will focus on several aspects, including the government’s timeline for phasing out combustion engine cars, the adequacy of the EV charging infrastructure, and the plans surrounding end-of-life disposal for these vehicles.
Earlier, the UK government declared an ambitious plan: ending the sale of purely fossil-fuel-driven cars by 2030. Moreover, by 2035, hybrid vehicles—those sporting both sizable batteries and traditional combustion engines—will also be phased out.
The primary objective of the House of Lords’ inquiry? To “understand how the Government will achieve its target of decarbonizing cars and vans in the UK,” focusing mainly on passenger cars and potential hurdles in reaching these goals.
Committee chair Kate Parminter emphasized the urgency, stating, “The rubber is now hitting the road – as we can’t get to net zero without individuals making changes to our lives, how we travel and what we buy.”
A significant challenge has been the cost. Currently, EVs carry heftier price tags than their combustion engine alternatives. Coupled with this is the barrier of limited charging facilities, especially for those who rely on on-street parking.
In a call to arms, the committee reportedly seeks input on “what the Government needs to do to encourage greater take up of EVs” as we approach the 2030 and 2035 deadlines. They welcome evidence submissions until September 15.