‘Smooth transition’: Drivers urged to embrace electric cars after ‘great progress made’

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Today is the second annual World EV Day, which is designed to celebrate and push for the shift to sustainable transport with consumer, business and policy outcomes. Last year, a number of manufacturers including Skoda, BMW and Jaguar all praised the movement for celebrating ownership and advancing the electric future.

This time last year, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps showed his support for electric cars and their future in the UK.

He said: “I’m delighted to announce £12m in funding to propel ground-breaking electric vehicle research projects which could fully charge a vehicle in just six minutes.

“On the first #WorldEVDay there’s never been a better time to make the switch.”

The UK recently hit a major milestone in the adoption of electric vehicles, with nearly one in seven new cars sold so far in 2021 being powered all or in part by electricity.

Additionally, ultra-low emission cars accounted for more than one in 10 sales last year, up from one in 30 the year before.

Across Europe, more than one million battery electric vehicles are predicted to be sold this year, marking the first time that sales of new EVs will break the seven-figure mark in the continent.

This comes as the European Union proposes phasing out the sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by 2035.

Paul Holland, Managing Director for UK Fuel at FLEETCOR, spoke of the positives from the adoption of electric vehicles.

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He said: “Although at present many companies are understandably stretched financially, the figures show that businesses are the main driver of the growth of EVs as they look for ways to save money.

“For company cars, the switchover should be simple – most employees given one can charge them overnight in their own homes, perhaps using a home charging station, which many countries currently also subsidise.

“Overall, there has been great progress made in the move to widespread adoption of EVs, both for the public and for businesses.”

Last year’s World EV Day involved 50 partners and was supported by the UK Government and a number of other Governments around the world.

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