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UK non-profit organisation Charity Global Action Plan is calling on the government to enforce a “15% electric vehicle (EV) quota” for car manufacturers to accelerate the penetration of EVs in the country.

The quota would help the UK to meet the earliest fossil-fuel-powered car phase-out date, according to Charity Global Action Plan.

The call comes after a new national survey has revealed that the public want government action and are ready for more affordable cars that do not create emissions.

The survey has found that second car owners would make perfect candidates for EVs which could convert 5.7 million exhaust emitting cars to electric.

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Households with second cars want government action and actively oppose the lack of affordable EV options.

The majority (59%) of two-car families have off-road parking (for easy charging), never drive the “second” car more than 50 miles in a day (electric cars last at least 100 miles before charging is required), and have another car for all longer trips. If this same 59% converted to electric, there would be approximately 5.7 million more electric cars on the road. 

Of those surveyed with second cars in the UK:

  • 53% agree that car manufacturers make too much money selling petrol and diesel cars.
  • 41% believe car companies put profits ahead of people’s health and wellbeing.
  • 90% think it should be a priority for the UK’s central and local government to regulate car companies to force them to sell more affordable cars that do not cause emissions.
  • 69% dislike causing air pollution as they drive and wish for manufacturer-led technology to stop exhaust emissions from all cars.

Currently less than 1% (under 100,000) of 32 million cars on the road in the UK are fully electric.

Consumer choice and “range anxiety”have previously topped the list of barriers to EV adoption.

Chris Large, Co-CEO, Global Action Plan, says:“The car industry often cites the long family holiday and availability of public charge points as a major reason that drivers won’t go electric. But the facts are that for 1 in 6 cars on the road – the “second” car in 5.7m households – these are not problems and electric cars are the perfect vehicle.

If the car industry had spent the last decade producing Nissan Leaf-type cars, instead of spending billions on marketing SUVs, we would be doing far better than the current level of 1 in 99 cars on the road being fully electric. The government must not allow this corporate failure to persist and must regulate the market. The car companies that made $600bn profit from selling diesel and petrol cars in the last decade, must be made to focus on mass-producing zero-emission vehicles in this decade.”