Britain’s supply of electric cars at risk from Brexit: think-tank

Posted: May 28, 2018 by oldbrew in alarmism, News, Politics


As with climate, there’s always another Brexit scare story coming off the production line. This one comes via news agency AFP.

Britain risks a shortage of electric cars after Brexit as carmakers will lose an incentive to sell low-emission vehicles there, a Brussels-based think-tank warned.

Because British sales will no longer count towards carmakers’ EU carbon dioxide targets, they may choose to sell to other European countries instead, the Transport and Environment (T&E) group warned.

Britain was the third largest market for zero emission vehicles in the EU last year and the largest for plug-in hybrids, the group said in the report obtained by AFP.

“Carmakers may simply opt to dump their less efficient models in the UK market,” said Cecile Toubeau of T&E.

Full report here.

  1. Bitter@twisted says:

    Aren’t they the lucky ones.

  2. stewgreen says:

    There is an AFP story (no comments)
    @transenv have not tweeted on the topic and their website is a mess
    There’s a Press Release
    which has a link to a page which has a link o the 3.3Mb PDF report
    Seems to be a Public Relations driven org, rather than actual truth seekers.
    Any report which tries to lump all categories of Electric car into one (EV’s & hybrids) seems naive; just look how a Tesla is clearly more CO2 than a small petrol or diesel car, and probably not great on full life particulates either.

  3. stewgreen says:

    corrected link press release
    If that doesn’t work it’s cos they put an apostrophe in it and Chrome changes it to a code for “space”'s-supply-electric-and-plug-hybrid-cars-–-analysis

  4. A C Osborn says:

    Yes of course they will give up their biggest European market. Not.

  5. Phoenix44 says:

    “They may choose to sell…”

    Odd, I thought we chose to buy? Isn’t that how it works?

  6. p.g.sharrow says:

    Other then Tesla, all real car manufactures can build many more cars then they can sell. Somehow I doubt that there will be a shortage of available cars that people will willing purchase.
    Now if stupid politicians require the purchase of EV cars only, there there may be a shortage of willing buyers. Manufactures may be faced with a shortage of customers as the fleet ages out. Only the mandated destruction of the fueled fleet will cause it to disappear. Revolution will explode before evolution to total EV occurrence…pg

  7. tallbloke says:

    I think this headline is back to front.
    Brexit is at risk from the supply of electric cars.

  8. oldbrew says:

    a Brussels-based think-tank warned

    IOW it’s the usual negative propaganda from the anti-democracy HQ.

  9. Most odd that EV makers want an incentive to sell. The world’s gone mad

  10. oldbrew says:

    Last time I checked the Nissan Leaf EV was made in Sunderland, England.
    – – –
    Long-Term 2018 Nissan Leaf: Starting a year with the best-selling electric car in history
    Read more:

    If the competitors want to lose even more ground to the Leaf in the UK, so be it.

  11. tom0mason says:

    < sarcon >
    Of course we have neither the technology nor the educated manpower here design and manufacture such things after BREXIT.
    And after BREXIT such things will only be imported, we could never export them because not being in the EU’s ‘cartel club of trade’ means we have no method.
    So lets all panic! 😱
    < sarcoff >

    Or is this just the one-eyed anti-BREXIT campaign propaganda headline aimed at the gullible and differently intelligent? 😉

    [reply] of course

  12. tallbloke says:

  13. oldbrew says:

    In the US most electric cars are leased not owned.

    Then the fading and/or obsolete battery and loss of value are someone else’s problem.
    – – –
    5 Reasons Why Electric Car Leasing Is Set To Take Over
    – – –
    Global electric car sales up over 50 percent in 2017: IEA
    May 30, 2018

    Electric vehicles use batteries instead of petrol or diesel, thereby massively reducing their damage to the environment.

    But they are not without controversy.

    Key components in the batteries include the mineral cobalt, much of which comes from the unrest-hit Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Rights groups have raised concerns about corruption in the cobalt industry and often poor working conditions for the miners in DR Congo.