Clean Transport Aspirations Must be Backed Up by Policy, Suggests GlobalData23 Aug 2012 • by Natalie Aster
Long-term plans to reach specific goals will only be achieved if there is sufficient government support to promote Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) at a global level. Key markets are failing to meet planned deployment targets for BEVs as a result of lacking infrastructure, lack of consumer awareness, and delays in the delivery of equipment, which will continue to threaten future deployment plans unless rectified.
The new report "Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) - Market Analysis, Competitive Landscape and Forecasts to 2020" by GlobalData, claims that governments in key countries including the US, the UK, China, France, Germany and Ireland have introduced long-term financial incentive schemes, in the form of subsidies and tax rebates, to promote BEV deployment. A number of non-financial incentives have also been introduced – for instance, Norway allows BEVs access to bus lanes, free and unlimited parking at public places, and congestion charge exemptions. These initiatives are currently acting as drivers for the BEV market, and if continued will help to stimulate future growth.
However, national BEV aspirations have largely been crushed due to practical issues. For example, Ireland’s plan to deploy 6,000 BEVs by 2012 has been delayed due to suppliers failing to deliver BEV equipment on schedule.
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Lengthy charging times represent another restraint felt by the BEV market. Insufficient infrastructure leaves drivers with range anxiety, as charging stations are few and far between and many of these are not advanced enough to charge a car without an overnight stop. Until more facilities capable of replenishing batteries within a very short time are introduced, charging up and selecting routes based on charging stations will make long journeys in BEVs difficult.
More information can be found in the report “Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) - Market Analysis, Competitive Landscape and Forecasts to 2020” by GlobalData.
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