Charging ahead with electric vehicles

As pressure mounts to respond to the climate emergency, the inexorable rise of the machine leaves the government with a very real problem. Chugging petrol engines undermine the ambitious net zero emissions target of the Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019.

Look around. It’s taken the best part of a century to refine the highways infrastructure of our towns and cities. Streets have been widened, driveways concreted and petrol piped underground to some 8,400 service stations across the country. So far, so car.

Since car ownership took off in the