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Jon Lawes, Managing director at Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions has warned the UK has also got an “insufficient” charging network. They warn this has the “potential” to lead to slow uptake of the new electric vehicles when drivers switch away from petrol and diesel.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “The tipping point away from petrol is clearly on the horizon and it’s a really exciting time for our industry.
“We know environmental and cost factors of Electric Vehicles (EVs) are huge benefits for fleets.
“But the UK’s insufficient charging infrastructure has the potential to slow mass uptake.”
The warning comes days after data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows a massive decline in sales of new petrol and diesel cars.
The data shows just 46 percent of new models sold in 2021 were petrol vehicles.
This dropped from 64 percent in 2019 and 55 percent in 2020.
Meanwhile, the uptake of diesel models has also fallen to below 10 percent of all vehicles sold.
A total of eight percent of new vehicles had a diesel engine, compared with 25 percent back in 2019 and 16 percent in 2020.
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Sales of battery electric vehicles has risen from two percent in 2019 to 12 percent last year.
The total sales of alternative vehicles was now the same as petrol (46 percent), according to the SMMT.
The Government has an aim to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by the end of the decade.
But at the current rate, petrol and diesel cars could be non-existent at forecourts within just four to five years.
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