Car insurance: WWF report reveals UK needs more electric vehicles

Friday, 08 April 2011

Car insurance customers could see a rapid increase in the number of electric cars on the UK's roads if the country is to reach the 80 per cent carbon cuts legally required by 2050, according a World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) report.

The organisation said that in the UK, where transport is responsible for a quarter of carbon emissions, there needs to be a quick replacement of petrol-engine cars with electric vehicles if the country is to reduce its carbon footprint.

In its report, Electric Avenues: Driving Home The Case For Electric Vehicles, WWF calculated that at least 1.7 million non-petrol cars need to be on British roads by 2020, rising to around 6.4 million by 2030.

Furthermore, WWF noted that if people drive less and own electric vehicles motorists could help reduce carbon emissions by 75 per cent by 2030.

However, a survey from revealed some car insurance providers are not ready for electric vehicles yet and find it difficult to provide a quote.

Posted by Claire Carter

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