Fossil fuel car phase out risks a Gilets Jaunes-style backlash among low income groups if efforts to improve access to charge points are not stepped up, the Social Market Foundation warns. The government could face a major public backlash against its ongoing drive to phase out fossil fuel vehicles if it does not introduce targeted support for lower-income citizens, the Social Market Foundation has warned. A report published over the weekend by the cross-party think tank stresses that the “perception of unfairness is a grave threat to the mass adoption of electric vehicles” and predicts that without action public resentment over EV costs and access to charging could harm public support for the wider net zero transition.
Business Green 8th March 2021 read more »
Net zero is one of those things that almost all politicians agree on. Reducing the UK’s net carbon emissions to nil by 2050 is not just written into law, it’s written into political speeches from Left to Right, as leaders make grand promises about how going green will make us all richer and happier. Political consensus is often a good thing, and net zero will deliver real benefits. But are politicians taking voters’ support for granted? My research at the Social Market Foundation suggests that our leaders are going to have work harder to explain the benefits – and challenges – that will come with decarbonising the economy. Otherwise, they risk a public backlash.
Telegraph 8th March 2021 read more »
EvoEnergy are proud to have been awarded the contract to construct two new HyperHub sites, next to Monks Cross and Poppleton Bar Park and Rides. The two sites are a City of York Council £2.2 million investment to develop the sites into high quality, high-speed electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs. Each HyperHub site will consist of solar PV canopies, battery energy storage, four Rapid and four Ultra Rapid EV chargers. The chargers will help the region to support the next generation of EVs, which have significantly larger battery capacities, and support higher charging speeds. Construction on both sites is due to start in February 2021, and will be led by EvoEnergy. The new sites at Monks Cross and Poppleton are scheduled for completion in June 2021.
Current 8th March 2021 read more »