“Concerns surrounding battery range, access to charging points and cost represent the three most significant barriers to the development of the electric vehicle market”, said Mark Squires, Chairman of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) giving evidence to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee at the Palace of Westminster.
Following the written evidence previously submitted in response to the BEIS Committee's enquiry into electric vehicles, NFDA Chairman Mark Squires, responded to the Committee's questions on the issue today, Tuesday 27 February, alongside representatives from Tesla, the RAC Foundation and the Energy Saving Trust.
The enquiry explored the role of electric vehicles (EVs) in the transition to a low carbon economy. It analysed the actions needed to support the development of the new and used EV market, the main barriers currently impeding its growth, and the effectiveness of current policies.
Squires added, “The second-hand car market is key. Although there has been a gradual rise in vehicles sold and NFDA dealer members report growing interest from the consumer, the used electric vehicle market is still in its infancy.
“Plug-in hybrids have a very important role, not only as they currently help alleviate some of the issues, such as range anxiety, but also because they will encourage consumers to feel more comfortable in switching to alternatively fuelled vehicles. Going forward, price parity between electric vehicles and conventional diesel and petrol cars will represent a tipping point.
“We are pleased that the Government engaged with NFDA to understand automotive retailers’ views on the issue. We will continue to urge them to support the industry in establishing a realistic and practical approach which reflects consumer demand.”
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The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers in the UK.
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