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Government needs more incentives for consumers to make electric vehicle swap


John Roberts, Head of Automotive and Roadside at Colliers International has commented on Boris Johnson’s announcement banning the sale of fossil fuel vehicles in the UK from 2030:

“As announced by PM Boris Johnson the UK is set to bring forward its ban on new fossil fuel vehicles from 2040 to 2030 to help speed up the rollout of electric vehicles across British roads. This policy is part of his plans to help trigger a green industrial revolution and economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. 

“The Government’s future plans are clearly welcomed and are extremely important for the environment. Most vehicle manufacturers are now starting to produce electric cars on a mass scale and the sector is adapting. While the PM has announced £1.3billion of investment for the roll out of additional charging infrastructure the £582million announced to support the purchase of electric cars is unlikely to scratch the surface. It has been shown that the opportunity to have access to a vehicle is essential for social, economic and personal wellbeing, and has been reinforced by the pandemic, when social distancing means that personal transport for many is essential. 

“While there are clearly cost savings in running an electric vehicle, the cost of entry is too expensive for a lot of existing motorists. One solution could be for the Government to consider introducing a new scrappage scheme, similar to the one from the 2009 UK Budget to encourage British motorists to purchase one of these cars and to drive the more polluting ones off the road, particularly focusing on the family car market, as opposed to the luxury brands.  

“At present the charging market is still in its infancy and the UK government should be concentrating on a clear and cohesive strategy for nationwide electric vehicle charging infrastructure to cater for the future of the sector. 

“There needs to be more consistency and regulation in terms of the approach to infrastructure. If a motorist was to buy sub-standard fuel this matter would be regulated by Trading Standards, but what is the recourse if a consumer turns up at a charger and it is not working, and they’re stranded? There are also concerns over the ability of the current UK energy supply to meet future demand. 

“A lack of guidance for landlords and developers for integrating charging points into commercial premises is causing misconceptions. Some oil companies, have already started to install and open charging points within their petrol stations to meet the growing EV demand, but again strategic oversight is needed across the country if we are to achieve this green revolution.

“The UK Government needs to fully support the property sector, car manufactures, car retailers and the petrol retailers, as well as the general public from a financial perspective, to make the conversion to EVs a realistic and achievable goal.”


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John Roberts

Head of Automotive and Roadside

Automotive and Roadside


John has worked within this niche sector for many years and has been a member of the Colliers International Automotive and Roadside Team for over 15 years. His specialist areas of expertise include motor dealerships, car supermarkets, after sales retail networks including motorist centres, trade counter, drive thru' and roadside retail properties.

He acts on behalf of some of the lead investors, developers and occupiers within these sectors dealing with professional, agency, development and investment matters. His clients include, Arnold Clark, Volkswagen Group, Johnsons Cars, AEW, EG Group, CBRE Investors, Formula One Autocentres and Listers Group.

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Kim Inam

PR Manager

Marketing & Communications

London - West End

I'm a communications professional who has previously worked as a journalist for eight years covering a broad range of topics including politics, crime, health and housing in north London. In recent years I have worked in corporate communications for local authorities across London  and joined Colliers in October 2019, initially providing maternity leave cover.

I provide strategic public relations advice to various business lines within the UK organisation to secure recognition for their work in the property press as well as key target media, and work with our experts to produce thought leadership pieces which are of interest to our clients and colleagues within the commercial real estate sector. In addition, alongside colleagues in the PR and wider communications team, I provide media and social media training for our in-house experts to prepare them for media opportunities and raise their personal brand within the sector.

As well as supporting various teams within the UK business, I also I curate and edit regular content for the blog, which drives credible business leads to our experts.


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