EV-only approach will not succeed
The CEO of Ineos Automotive, Lynn Calder, believes that relying solely on battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) to achieve the country's carbon targets will not be successful. Speaking at the SMMT Electrified conference, Calder emphasized the importance of a mix of technologies, including hydrogen and more efficient hybrid combustion engines, to effectively reach goals.
Calder stated that the constant focus on EVs is risky and that a comprehensive plan is needed. She expressed concern that if the UK solely relies on electric vehicles without considering other options, there is a high risk of failure and increased costs.
However, Richard Bruce, the director of transport decarbonisation at the Department for Transport, disagreed with Calder's remarks. Bruce argued that promoting multiple fuel options could be used as an excuse for inaction due to the ambiguity it creates within policy. He emphasized the clear advantage of BEVs given the current timescale involved and suggested utilizing alternative fuels in sectors where batteries are less viable, such as aviation.
Carlos Rodrigues, the head of Renault Trucks, supported the idea that battery-electric vehicles should be the preferred choice, especially in the commercial sector. He acknowledged the potential of hydrogen but emphasized that BEVs are the superior option, particularly in terms of reducing nitrogen oxide emissions.
Calder, who recently became the CEO of Ineos Automotive, defended her stance by highlighting the needs of individuals working in remote areas. She specifically mentioned buyers of the brand's Ineos Grenadier, which currently only offers a 3.0-liter pure-petrol or -diesel engine. Calder believes that considering the unique circumstances of these individuals is important when discussing the future of vehicle technologies.
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