As we begin to see lockdown restrictions eased, we must use this opportunity to acknowledge the clear correlation between air pollution and COVID-19 deaths found across Europe, US and China. TRL, in line with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Air Pollution, is calling for an accelerated rollout of electric vehicle infrastructure in order to prevent higher deaths once commuting becomes more frequent.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Air Pollution (APPG) has launched its strategy to keep air pollution low coming out of lockdown. This strategy suggests proposals that includes accelerating the roll out of EV infrastructure, an action that could greatly benefit areas of high congestion and air pollution.
TRL’s Consumers, Vehicles and Energy Integration (CVEI) investigation highlighted the demand and tipping points for consumers when making the switch from petrol to hybrid/electric. The study found that 50% of participants would either consider switching to a hybrid as a main/second car or an electric as a second car. Of these participants, 90% would also consider switching to an electric vehicle as a main car if the range increased to 300 miles.
With studies suggesting there is a strong consumer demand for EVs both now and in the future, TRL believes the time for action is now.
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