Today, the House of Commons Transport Select Committee published a report Plug-In Vehicles, Plugged-In Policy following its inquiry into low carbon vehicles.
Responding to the report, Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive said, “The automotive industry supports government policies that promote the uptake of low and ultra-low carbon vehicles and the long-term development of this market as part of a wider strategy to deliver industrial growth.
“The Automotive Council has made excellent progress in establishing the UK as an attractive location for the research, development and manufacture of these technologies and we now need government to commit to incentives beyond 2015 to give confidence to business, consumers and investors.”
The Committee recognised the importance of government support for low carbon vehicles in efforts to reduce carbon emissions from road transport, with the report stating that financial incentives infrastructure support are necessary to increase uptake and reduce emissions.
The Committee said that government must avoid creating instability in the plug-in vehicle market through a lack of consistency between departments in their approaches to financial incentives for plug-in vehicles and adopt a more co-ordinated approach across Whitehall.
SMMT submitted written evidence to the inquiry as well as oral evidence at a meeting of the Committee on 12 June 2012. Click through to download SMMT’s written evidence to the Transport Select Committee inquiry on low carbon vehicles.