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EV cost preventing uptake

Date: 20 July 2011

The London Assembly's environment committee has heard that a hefty price tag and uncertainty over future battery-related costs are preventing people from driving electric vehicles in the capital.

At a meeting to discuss the Mayor's plans to develop an electric vehicle network in the capital, assembly members were told that electric vehicles cost around double the price of a conventional petrol or diesel car.

A panel of EV experts said that unknown costs relating to the vehicle's battery pack are also putting off potential owners. Chair of the committee Murad Qereshi said: "The meeting produced many more questions than answers about the environmental and financial benefits of electric vehicles. The Mayor will have to work hard to convince Londoners that there is a strong case for going electric if they are to make the switch."

The Mayor's director of environment Kulveer Ranger acknowledged the cost issue but said electric vehicles are getting cheaper as more are developed. He added that he hoped the 2012 Olympic games would provide "a great opportunity for manufacturers to showcase their electric vehicles".

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