The latest plans by the Johnson government will leave Britain poorer and less competitive.
The Government’s proposed ban on new petrol, diesel, and even hybrid cars from 2035 will require a MAJOR national infrastructure investment to support the use of electric vehicles. Whilst that might be good for the big infrastructure companies in terms of lucrative contracts, it is going to hurt the poor the hardest – as usual.
These proposals look like another HS2 fiasco – jobs for the big boys (the big party donors) whilst trying to "look good" to voters. Vans will be the first to be impacted, few of which will be able to charge overnight at home.
Domestic electrical distribution systems will have to be upgraded - raising peak load on the Grid by around 30%, - often at times when there is no wind or sun. Around 25 million new roadside charging points will be needed.
UKIP accepts that the climate is changing, it always has, but we challenge whether it is an emergency. The U.K. has reduced CO2 emissions faster than most developed countries and industrial electricity prices here have increased by more than 160 percent since 2004. Why make us even more un-competitive by shaving smaller and smaller amounts off of our tiny (2%) global emissions? That represents extremely poor value for money!
If the U.K. consumer now must shoulder even more of the cost burden, even more companies (and jobs) will be forced to move abroad to countries with abundant cheap labour, thereby exporting jobs and increasing global CO2 emissions.
This would force even more U.K. citizens into fuel poverty. So instead of acting like lemmings, the Government should embrace new technology and accelerate the development of CCS (CO2 Capture and Storage) for use by the biggest emitters such as India and China. That way we can have a far greater impact on global emissions, whilst being at the leading edge of the technology.
UKIP firmly believes that the market should determine the move towards such vehicles, not the government.