Report Claims A Move To EV Will Increase UK Traffic Congestion By 11%
According to the Institute for Public Policy Research, the UK’s outlined EV roadmap is lacking.
- The report states that an additional 10m cars will be driving on UK roads by 2050.
- Additional traffic could be an issue to the UK Gov, despite a push towards EV.
- The IPPR wants the government to consider other options.
A report published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) claims that congestion on UK roads due to the shift to EVs — as high as 11% by 2050. In other words, Britain would see an additional 10m cars, bringing the number of vehicles on the road up to 43.6 million.
If this was to happen, then traffic could become a serious issue in the country, which is a big if. Remember, this is but one report and should be taken with a pinch of salt.
A solution offered by the IPPR includes a balanced approach, focusing on cycling routes/public transport to help counteract potential congestion woes. Furthermore, access to an electric car “when people need it” was mentioned.
The IPPR aren’t convinced that a shift to eco-friendly vehicles by 2030 will work:
“Creating more liveable streets and neighbourhoods, alongside the shift to electric vehicles, is essential to realising the economic, environmental and social benefits of a transformed transport system.”
So, what else did the report find?
Apparently, only “the wealthiest in society are far more likely to own cars with more than 90 per cent of the highest income households owning at least one car.”
The government has seemingly rejected these findings. When talking to the MailOnline, a spokesperson for the Department for Transport described the report as “bizarre” and “disingenuous” as it overlooked other initiatives on offer.
It’s easy to feel a sense of worry when it comes to the impending shift to sustainable vehicles.
While we appreciate the sentiments expressed in this report, it ignores plug-in grants and other initiatives offered by the UK Gov. Yes, you could argue that these initiatives won’t be around forever, but at least they’re giving buyers something to help them on their way.
It’s true, EVs are expensive, but they will get cheaper in time once petrol/diesel types are gone. Besides, the upfront costs of an EV are nothing compared to the money you’ll save in the long run via running costs and whatnot.
And remember, you don’t even need to buy an EV to join the revolution. Electric car leasing is quite popular and will only grow in time.
Whether you like it or not, electric is coming and will replace the vehicles we have today. It’s only a matter of time.
It’s as Edmund King, President of the AA, says: “One must question whether some of the aspirations in this report are affordable, achievable or desirable… Government, manufacturers and drivers should welcome this push towards electrification.”
What do you think of this IPPR report? Do you agree with the points/suggestions made? Give us your thoughts.