A £2m investment by the Welsh Government in electric car infrastructure is “not enough”, according to the initial findings of a government report.
The Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee inquiry into electric car use show Wales could benefit greatly from a shift away from petrol and diesel, but that it would require significant changes to the current power and road infrastructure.
The Committee said the Welsh Government has been “slow” in showing leadership on improving electric car provision in Wales, according to the initial findings of a National Assembly committee inquiry, and also concludes that any shift towards an electric car culture should not exclude the poorest people in Wales.
“It is clear from our initial discussions that the electric vehicle infrastructure in Wales is limited and that it would struggle to cope with a significant increase in its use,” said Montgomeryshire AM Russell George, who is Chair of the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee.
“But it is also becoming clear what benefits an electric car revolution would bring in terms of reducing CO2 emissions and protecting the Welsh environment.
“We believe there has been a lack of leadership from the Welsh Government up to this point.
The Welsh Government recently announced a £2 million investment in improving the charge point infrastructure, but the Committee questioned whether that was enough and asked what ministers are doing to encourage private sector investment, particularly in rural areas.
“In publishing its initial findings now, the Committee wants to hear from vehicle users, suppliers and anyone with an interest in the area to help shape its final report, including any recommendations,” added Mr George.
“In releasing our initial findings we hope to begin a serious conversation between the government, stakeholders and the Welsh public on what the future of electric vehicles looks like in Wales and what it would take to deliver it.
“I would urge anyone to take a look at our emerging conclusions and contribute to the discussion points they raise to help form the recommendations of our final report.”