Car production forecasts from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have suggested that UK auto output will fall by 200,000 to just below 1.1 million because of plant shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus - representing an 18% fall in output this year.
With the UK government considering whether to bring forward a ban on the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars to 2032, Ana Ramirez Aguirrezabala, international head of auto at market research company Simpson Carpenter, argues that the UK’s political leaders need to do more to persuade consumers to give electric vehicles (EV) a try.
Professor Jim Saker is director of the Centre for Automotive Management at Loughborough University's Business School and an AM Awards judge. He has been involved in the automotive industry for more than 20 years.
While Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is still producing cars in the UK (for now), the rest of the UK mass auto industry has effectively shut down, as the devastating economic effects of coronavirus unfold across Europe, disrupting supply chains and dramatically reducing demand.
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