The rise of electric cars will cause an increase in traffic jams across the country, new analysis conducted by the Government shows.
The revelation has emerged as part of research into the benefits of EVs, which are set to account for four in every five vehicles sold in the UK by the end of the decade.
A surge in congestion across Britain’s roads will be fuelled by the reduced running cost of EVs, the Department for Transport found, which will lead to drivers covering more miles.
Given higher purchase costs and lower running costs then yes, we would expect each car to do more miles. But that’s not the only issue here – the higher entry costs to having a car at all might mean fewer on the road. So, the overall effect is unknown.
Of course, once we start taxing EVs properly then even that per mile cost advantage will go away.