Sales of electric vehicles haven't lived up to expectations of the government because ministers were originally misled by forecasts that were wildly optimistic, from vehicle manufacturers, a civil servant claimed recently.
Head of the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles Richard Bruce said recently that car companies miscalculated and therefore led to the official projections of an increase in demand for electric cars, which hasn't materialised as of yet.
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These inaccurate calculations have led to the precondition of a £400,000,000 package to encourage electric vehicle take up, including grants of £5,000 for motorists who are buying the electric vehicles, though the pot of funding has been lowered since to £230,000,000, with lower interest than was originally anticipated.
Initially demand suffered also due to the small range of electric vehicles that didn't cater for all motorist needs, though the problem is fading away as more and more models come to the market, Bruce explained. He went on to add that media hostility and reports that highlight the difference between government projections and actual electric vehicle sales were also an issue for this automotive sector, whilst many consumers have range anxiety, even though battery life of such vehicles has improved and provisions of over 6,000 charging points have been set up around the United Kingdom. EV models have proven to be a hit lately for companies such as the BMW with the i3,Nissan with the Leaf and Toyota with the Prius but is this just the latest fashion or is this indeed the way into the future of our car industry ?.
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Bruce also said in a recent report that there are also other issues. For the first few years there weren't many cars available. If you wanted to buy an estate car to be able to fit your dogs into the back, or an SUV then you had to buy a petrol or diesel vehicle. That is changing now, as manufacturers bring wider vehicle ranges to the car market. Despite these issues, Bruce said that the tide is definitely turning, he explained that the shift to greener vehicles is inevitable in Britain. He went on to say that it is clear that the technology will only be normal when people see their next door neighbour plugging their vehicle into a charge point or see their colleague driving to work in an electric car, or their friend booking to take one for a test drive.