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CIED research on car dealerships and EV sales cited by the Committee on Climate Change

A recent study co-authored by Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) Director Professor Benjamin Sovacool on the barriers car dealerships pose to the spread of electric vehicles (EVs) in the Nordic region and possibly beyond was cited in the Committee on Climate Change’s 2018 Progress Report to Parliament published on 28 June.

The research, carried out by Gerardo Zarazua de Rubens and Lance Noel at Aarhus University and Benjamin Sovacool at CIED, found that car dealers across Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, strongly steered customers towards petrol and diesel vehicles by dismissing EVs, misinforming shoppers on vehicle specifications and omitting EVs from sales conversations. The Committee on Climate Change report recommends that a similar study be carried out in the UK.

The Committee on Climate Change is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. Its purpose is to advise the UK Government on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Read our press release on the study.

Read the original paper in Nature Energy.