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Britain is falling behind on sales of electric vehicles

Around the world, governments are responding to the threat of man-made climate change and exposure to the costs of imported oil and gas by tightening regulations on vehicle emissions.

Car pollutionCountries and regions representing two-thirds of the global economy – including the US, China, EU, Japan and Russia – have now introduced these standards. By 2020, Pike Research estimate that there’ll be 7.8 million plug-in electric vehicles on the world’s roads.

Yet Britain is falling behind.

Leading the way in Europe

IPPR’s new report, ‘Leading the charge: Can Britain develop a global advantage in ultra-low emission vehicles’, shows figures for the last two years in Europe. France led the way in volume terms while as a proportion of total car registrations over the same period, Norway is the leader.

Globally, the US is out in front with early indications showing that sales of plug-in electric vehicles in the US almost trebled in 2012 to around 53,000.
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