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Warning issued to EV owners as Government could seek to 'cash in' from electric car sales – Express


Dwindling Government income from car sales may mean the introduction of further taxes on electric vehicles (EV) in 2023, according to a world leading expert. It was announced this week that sales of electric cars had surpassed those of diesel models for the first time in the UK.

This was partly due to global supply chain disruption and a drop in overall car sales, as UK carmakers continue to recover from the aftermath of the pandemic.

However, Professor ManMohan Sodhi from Bayes Business School claimed these trends may not hold for the long term.

He also highlighted possible Government intervention in the form of further taxes for EVs or slowing down the planned expansion of EV charging points.

Professor Sodhi said: “That fact is that the Government is receiving continually reduced revenues from car sales.

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EV sales rose by more than a quarter in 2022 to total more than 16 percent of all sales, while diesel demand fell to less than 10 percent.

However, the number of diesel cars sold may still be slightly more as the price of a typical electric car sold in the UK can be 1.7 times that of a diesel car.

Professor Sodhi added that he expects the number of people investing in either electric or hybrid models will increase, as competition leads to lower prices, although a lack of charging points may continue to be a barrier to those who are considering investing in a plug-in vehicle.

He said: “Another trend is the move towards electric and hybrid cars, whether true hybrid or plug-in.

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“The trend towards more electric cars will continue despite charging constraints – those who can charge their cars will buy pure electric.

“The preference for true hybrids over plug-ins at 2:1 suggests that charging, not required for true hybrids, is a constraint for all plug-ins.  

“I expect the price of electric cars to drop as technology improves and competition heats up among manufacturers.

“Lower prices would benefit electric car sales, particularly the pure kind.”

Petrol cars remained the most popular option for UK buyers last year, accounting for more than half of all sales, but more in the number of cars sold.

Hybrid models accounted for 11.6 percent of the market and plug-in hybrids that can recharge were 6.3 per cent.

While 2022 was the worst sales year for UK carmakers since 1992, Professor Sodhi said these percentages will change this year, although which direction they go in is another question.

He added: “As people in the UK will buy more cars in 2023 and 2024, it is anyone’s guess whether it will be pure electric cars or true/plug-in hybrids that will grab people’s attention as they are attracted to electric cars but have to hedge against charging constraints that will continue.”

Express.co.uk has contacted the Department for Transport for comment.





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