Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur has today written to the Transport Secretary to ask what discussions he and Transport Scotland have had with trade representatives to ensure that consumers are made aware of electric vehicle options.
The letter comes as a new study in the journal Nature Energy warns that "dismissive" car dealers are a major barrier to boosting sales of electric vehicles. The report identifies government signals as a key reason for these attitudes.
Mr McArthur said:
"With transport emissions little changed in a generation, it’s clear that electric and low emissions vehicles must be central to our bid to tackle climate change. Before drivers can make the switch, however, they need to know about the options available.
"This study suggests that some dealers are steering customers away, whether intentionally or unintentionally. It also points to the importance of the signals that government sends out.
"That means that Transport Scotland has a role to play not just in ensuring that we have a network of charge points that is both extensive and reliable, but also in working with the motoring trade to increase awareness amongst customers of the benefits of electric and low emission vehicles.
“My own constituency of Orkney has led the way in promoting EV usage. The Scottish Government must take up the challenge of encouraging more people to follow that lead”.