Just how fair is the EV transition?

Interim research findings uncovering the challenges of achieving inclusivity in the transition to electric vehicles and its importance in underpinning public and political support for the net zero agenda

15 September 2021

The UK’s 40 million cars and vans generate 19% of its territorial greenhouse gas emissions. They also contribute to air quality, where UK levels of NO2 exceed safe levels in many regions, particularly the most deprived.

The Transport Decarbonisation Plan, published earlier this year, set out a vision of improved public and active transport, and while there is uncertainty over long term rates of car ownership, in all scenarios millions of electric vehicles will be required to decarbonise the way we move around.

So how do we ensure the transition to electric vehicles is an equitable one – and what are the challenges that lie ahead? Two major hurdles to an inclusive transition are the high up-front costs of electric vehicles and the challenges in charging electric vehicles conveniently and cheaply for households without off-street parking. In this report, we explore mechanisms to navigate these challenges – which will be critical to avoiding a transition that exacerbates existing societal inequalities. 

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