John Walsh: Going electric comes with potential pitfalls as well as benefits

Sales of electric cars continue to rise and rise, but it’s time to start planning now for the threats of increased congestion and reduced revenue

19th September, 2021
John Walsh: Going electric comes with potential pitfalls as well as benefits
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There has been a surge in the sale of electric cars over the first eight months of this year. According to the latest figures, there were 7,057 all-electric cars registered from January to August 2021, up from 2,954 last year and the entire all-electric fleet now represents 7.3 per cent of the overall new car market.

The sales of electric cars are obviously coming from a very low base, and the government’s target of one million of these vehicles...

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