The Department for Transport (DfT) has re-committed to plans to ‘lead the way’ in the decarbonisation of transport with a 2030 target for central government fleet electrification. However, the DfT has a rocky history with decarbonisation and a stream of policy decisions that have not always been welcomed by the industry. Alice Grundy explores how the Chris Grayling-led department could restore its reputation.
Recent cuts to the grants available for the purchase of electric vehicles are intended to move the sector away from “buyer subsidy”, according to energy and clean growth minister Claire Perry.
Committee on Climate Change (CCC) chair Lord Deben has this week urged the government to be more ambitious on electric vehicles as a matter of urgency and, crucially, bring forward the proposed phase-out of conventional vehicle by five years.