In 2017, the Government announced its plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 to help achieve its Road to Zero Strategy. However, as reported by BBC News, only one in four people would consider buying an electric car in the next five years.
The reluctance of British consumers to embrace EVs needs to be turned into consumer confidence and EV sales to at least gain a glimmer of hope for the UK to transition to a sustainable low carbon future. The absence of a long term strategic plan to unite industry and consumers across sectors in the large scale uptake of EVs can only be described as a systemic and persistent failure. As long as challenges around interoperability, digital integration and industry sector interdependencies continue to prevail there is little hope that the UK will be able to deliver clean air that people need to live, work and prosper in our cities nor will it set the UK on course to meet climate change targets and take a lead role in a high value, low carbon global economy.
Gemserv’s Electric Vehicle Governance Framework (EVGF) Consultation was launched to mobilise all market participants to help address the challenges and create the tools needed to overcome the interoperability barriers in the market. We believe that a digital EVGF is vital to address challenges and market failures under the current arrangements and in turn, scale up the EV market by instilling confidence.
The UK aims to be the world’s leading market for ultra-low emission cars. This is not possible as long as the interdependencies between national and global market actors are not resolved in a timely and evidence driven manner. This is not possible if charging infra-structure remains commercially unviable and whole system benefits and supply chains cannot leverage global scale.
There needs to be clarity and agreement across supply chains, from ensuring availability of raw materials for batteries to the recycling of batteries. There is a need for stakeholders within the market to work together, from the automotive sector (which will be responsible for the sale of EVs) to the energy sector (which will be responsible for maintaining the energy network, ensuring it can cope with the demand of EVs). Furthermore, both Automotive and Energy must work with the digital sector which is critical to the successful digital integration of assets and services. This is not just a pre-requisite for the uptake of EVs but also to ensure that investment paves the way today for the future of connected autonomous vehicles.
Whilst we are in a competitive market, the lack of interdependency support will remain a key barrier for a long period of time – time we don’t have. A collaborative approach is needed and we believe the EVGF can deliver this. The EVGF consultation seeks views on the difficulties businesses face in generating sales and viable business models that deliver on government targets for EVs and develop an exemplary market in the UK.
You are invited to respond to our EVGF Consultation by 31st May 2019. A copy of the consultation and response form are available here:
If you would like to speak with us directly about this consultation or the EVGF in general, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 7090 1001.