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Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to new research from the Institute for Public Policy Research that shows Britain to have fallen behind the US and other EU countries on ultra-low emission vehicles, said:

“Britain is now falling behind the rest of Europe and the US on electric cars because Ministers abandoned the commitment they made in the Coalition Agreement to deliver the national recharging network that is vital to boost consumer confidence. Their strategy explicitly rules out a roadside network and opts instead for home and workplace recharging, despite this being impractical for many people and not providing reassurance for longer journeys.

“The Government should be supporting green industries and new jobs by ensuring Britain leads the world on ultra-low emission vehicles, setting out a clear roadmap to deliver a national recharging network and ensuring that public procurement helps drive the switch to green car fleets to stimulate an affordable second hand market.

“The Committee on Climate Change is clear that if the UK is to remain on course to hit ambitious carbon-reduction targets we need to have reached 1.7million electric vehicles by 2020. We have no hope of achieving that goal unless the Government begins to show the leadership that the scale of this challenge demands.”

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