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Redditch lawyer urges the government to go further with electric vehicle drive

Harry Leach 8th Dec, 2020

A REDDITCH lawyer is urging the government to spend more cash on building infrastructure in order to boost electric cars usage.

Ifzal Akhtar spoke out after the government announced plans to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars in 2030, in a bid to become carbon neutral by 2050.

The FBC Manby Bowdler lawyer said a strategic approach was needed to bring the country into the 21st century.

“At the moment, the National Grid would not cope with a huge increase in the use of electric cars,” he said.

“Manufacturers have already indicated they will struggle to meet demand for the vehicles; and the infrastructure around charging points is sporadic and lacks national cohesion.

“Particular attention needs to be paid to how commercial vehicles will fare under the drive for us all to go electric.

“While private car owners will probably charge their cars from home or at work, the commercial sector will need to be considered carefully.”

Mr Akhtar said there is ‘exciting opportunities ahead’, including building renewable wind-farms which could generate the electricity needed.

“But it needs to be thought out carefully,” he added.

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