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UKs slow Electric vehicle transition at only 0.9% & facing headwinds requires treasury support.


Logistics UK, whose members include freight customers as well as suppliers, said efforts to decarbonize in the battle against climate change were being hampered by high costs, a lack of Treasury support and an inadequate public charging network.
The UK's fleet of vans is currently heavily reliant on diesel.
Just 0.9% of the country's van fleet on the roads last year was fully electric, according to the Logistics UK report.
That was up from 0.3% in 2019.
The increases in the EV fleet have been largely driven by big companies, with smaller firms often struggling the most to make progress.
Logistics UK said that while 62% of the businesses it surveyed plan to have decarbonized their van fleets by 2030, "significant barriers remain" that prevent the uptake needed ahead of the government-imposed deadlines.
"However, with respondents reporting wide ranging costs to upgrade their energy supplies to depots - between £100,000 and over £1m - a lack of meaningful scrappage schemes, acquisition costs on the rise and volatile energy prices, it is an uphill battle that cannot continue without increased support from government.
"Our industry operates on very narrow margins of around 1% and with significant inflationary pressures, increased wage bills and the rise in total road vehicle operating costs, logistics businesses need supportive fiscal measures to be able to upgrade their fleets and energy supplies without having to pass on increased costs to customers."
The body called for an EV charging and refueling infrastructure roadmap to be prioritized.
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  • Ajema Lydiah

    57 w

    I hope they will find some donations for faster transition

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    • Joyce Waturu

      57 w

      The Uk government must rise to the need of a just and timely transition to EVs at whatever cost.

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      • Harrison wambui

        60 w

        That too wrong

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        • We Don't Have Time

          60 w

          Dear Tabitha Kimani Thank you for getting your climate warning to level 2! We have reached out to UK Parliament and requested a response. I will keep you updated on any progress! /Adam We Don't Have Time

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          • Grace Njeri

            60 w

            We totally didn't expect this from UK Government.

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            • Munene Mugambi

              60 w

              Rishi Sunak has to do something about this

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              • Ajema Lydiah

                60 w

                this is really bad

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                • Peter Kamau

                  60 w

                  The UK government should step in accordingly to ensure a steady and flawless transition to E-mobility.

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                  • zelda ninga

                    60 w

                    Not only in UK but all countries should support and priotize the EV cars

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                    • rosebellendiritu

                      60 w

                      @zelda_ninga_442 I agree,it's the best option

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                    • Aisha Rickard

                      60 w

                      I agree that the government needs to support the development of the infrastructure for electric vehicles. And I also strongly believe that they should be taking buses and trains back into public ownership and supporting the reinstatement of services

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                    • walter lungayi

                      60 w

                      So disappointing

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                      • Harrison wambui

                        60 w

                        Too bad

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                        • Komu Daniel

                          60 w

                          too sad

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                          • rosebellendiritu

                            60 w

                            With this pace,we may not achieve much in coming years

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                            • Joseph Githinji

                              60 w

                              The UK government must commit to support clean energy.

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                              • john linus Tom

                                60 w

                                This is too bad

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