28th September 2021 – Can electric vehicles meet the 2030 challenge?
The UK government has placed great emphasis on the success of electric vehicles to deliver on its plan to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 onwards that forms a crucial element of its ten-point plan to support the UK’s net zero goals to 2050. Although slightly slowed by the sales slump during the COVID-19 pandemic EV sales have made great strides with BEV and PHEV sales surpassing two million vehicles for the first time in 2019. This has provided automotive manufacturers the incentive to invest heavily to deliver new electrified models, from R&D to factory redesign. But is everything on track to meet the 2030 goals? Among many other topics this talk looks at the opportunities and challenges facing the sector including financing the transition to zero carbon motoring, delivering the charging infrastructure, the battery and charging innovation behind the transformation, and the full sustainability life cycle of electric vehicles.