It has been reported this week that official watchdog The Committee for Climate Change has warned that three fifths of cars bought in the UK must be electric by 2030 in order to meet emissions targets.
Although only 3.3 percent of new cars registered in 2017 were electric or hybrid, the industry remains confident that the 2030 deadline set by the committee is ‘on course’ to be met.
Chargemaster, who is the UK’s largest provider of electric vehicle chargers, predicts that around 10 percent of all UK registrations will be electric by 2022 – around 1 million electric cars.
They also forecast that one in four registrations will be electric by 2025, one in two by 2027, and 60% by 2030, which meets the Committee for Climate Change’s target.
Chargemaster also think it is ‘likely’ that virtually every car on UK roads will be zero emissions by 2040.
David Martell, Chief Executive of Chargemaster, said: 'The key driver of the electric car market over the next five years will be consumer choice, with more than 30 new electric cars coming to market by 2020.
'Indeed, within the next year, we will see models including the new Nissan Leaf, Jaguar I-Pace, Mini Electric, Ford Transit Plug-in Hybrid and Tesla Model 3 in the UK.
'The number of electric cars on UK roads has grown significantly over the last five years, from just over 3,000 in 2012 to more than 130,000 today.
'New electric car registrations will grow by about one third in 2018, while we expect our deployment of new charging infrastructure to double – more than keeping pace with the car market.'
Richard Lowden, Founder & CEO at eco-friendly car rental company Green Motion said, ‘At Green Motion, we have always been ahead of the rest of the industry in our commitment to lowering emissions, and we welcome the CCC’s warning this week.’