Much like Californians who get to drive PHEVs and EVs in HOV lanes, Renault UK boss Kenneth Ramirez says a similar EV-owning benefit should be applied in the UK.
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Ramirez suggests that EVs should be able to drive in bus lanes in London.
Like areas of California, London is known for its notoriously high volumes of traffic. Allowing EVs to drive in bus lanes would be a perk that we suspect Londoners would love.
This perk would certainly drive up sales of EVs in London, but can the bus lanes handle added volume? Perhaps for awhile, but at some point those lanes too would become so congested that the EV-buying perk would vanish, so a cap would definitely need to be in place.
What Ramirez is actually suggesting is that all major cities in Europe need to examine ways to encourage the use of EVs. For some cities, this may be bus lane access. For other cities, perhaps it's free parking or charging.
In Norway, EV sales benefit from several perks, including EV access to bus lanes, which is obviously where Ramirez got the idea.
Here's some of what Ramirez stated:
“In London that would be an interesting approach. In other cities, having legislation that requires new buildings have a dedicated number of parking spaces with charge stations already included.”
“We provide a lot of awareness of technology, awareness of the benefits, but I think the cultural movement, education, always lies with the government.”
“You’ve got to make it easy for people to understand where all the charging points are. Today in London there are more charging points than there are fuel stations, and probably hardly anyone knows that.”