Scottish ministers have been urged to introduce better incentives for motorists to buy electric vehicles (EVs) if an ambitious target to remove petrol and diesel cars from Scotland’s roads is to be met. The UK government aims to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2035, and the Scottish government has pledged to “phase out the need” for them by 2032. It has stopped short of setting a national target for the number of EV drivers in Scotland, but opposition politicians — who want the target brought forward to 2030 — say uptake of EVs needs to rise dramatically. An estimated 2.9m motorists in Scotland run petrol and diesel cars. If most are to use electricity by 2035, then an average of 540 drivers need to make the switch each day.
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