More incentives needed for battery powered vehicles to make transport sustainable

Dukosi battery fitted into the Dukosi 'buggy'The Renewable Energy Association is today calling for greater government ‘carrots’ to encourage the roll-out of battery powered vehicles (BPVs) and other alternatively-fuelled vehicles which have no, or low, carbon emissions.

In response to today’s report on Sustainability in the Department for Transport by the Environmental Audit Committee of MPs, Clare Wenner, Head of Renewable Transport at the Renewable Energy Association said:

“Sustainable transport is essential for the future prosperity of the UK. The economy literally cannot function optimally if our cities are clogged with pollution and our consumers handicapped by poor air quality.

“Sustainable transport represents a huge opportunity for UK plc not only in promoting our new electric vehicle industry but also in demonstrating the value of our low-carbon fuels, which are now made mostly from waste. These industries are innovative, eager, and need government to play a more positive role in supporting them to the benefits of consumers and the economy.

“We are one of the many stakeholders concerned that the DfT will not meet their legally binding 2020 renewable energy targets. We urge them to work closely with BEIS and other departments to form a clear strategy for renewable fuels and electric vehicle uptake, not only for the short term, but for the coming decades.”

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