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OLEV Call for Evidence and the Report on the 'Role of PiP and PiCG in EV Take-up.

Apologies to those who have seen these documents before. However, I have not seen the contents discussed in any EV fora - interesting? They are rebroadcast here in the context of OLEV's Call for Evidence on ULEV, which closes on 10 Jan 14.

Here are copies of the research, done by TRL, on behalf of OLEV:
Long Version:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publi...-in-places-scheme-in-electric-vehicle-take-up
Summary:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publi...egy-for-ultra-low-emission-vehicles-in-the-uk

EV Matters has a major concern that, in the research phase, the views of EV Owners/Drivers was obtained by questionnaires - indeed questionnaires filled out as a mainly as a result of telephone interviews. Of course there is a huge fallacy in the use of questionnaires generally - in that the designer of the questionnaire will scope and define the questions based on their own perceptions and to a large extent predicate the results.(IMHO)

EV Matters does not seek to suggests that the results are not valid; however, they are certainly are weak in the reflecting the views that are discussed regularly in EV Chat-rooms.

The four recommendations in this report do nothing to reflect any need for charges in policy, or priority. Recommendations that include words like 'marketing', 'harmonising', 'improving.. existing' and 'investigation' are there to satisfy the reports sponsor - and, in the view of EV Matters, does not adequately reflects the strength of viewpoints in the EV Community.

EV Matters can't fail to observe that the report fails makes mention of the coherence, or reliability, of the EV charging infrastructure? Yet we know this is a source of daily frustration.

If the EV Community allows the Call for Evidence to pass by without an effective input - then the deficiencies of the current policies and strategies will be perpetuated?

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The real challenge IMO is that the number of EV drivers....
Although I'm involved (via ZCW) in OLEV, SMMT, and the fledgling charging vendors Industry group, I've decided to wait until we have a lot more electric car drivers before investing more personal effort in this... that said, I will ensure that ZCW submits evidence to OLEV and I strongly suggest that all drivers do the same.
Kevin,

I think we are all grateful for you efforts in OLEV and SMMT; however, there is a huge risk to EV democracy if you are telling OLEV and SMMT what you have articulated here!

EV Matters does not agree with your assessment of the community and is opposed to any assumption that a professional response is not achievable. As I've said to OLEV (and to you previously) there needs to be a better 'engagement' with the owners and drivers - through briefings and workshops. Maybe, there aren't resources to produce adequate responses to the C-for-E; however, a study linked to the briefings /workshops would have ensured that responses had been validated against a good understanding of policies and strategies.

I don't think for one moment that your efforts are (or have been) biased; however, with your commercial interests you are definitely 'at risk'?

OLEV and SMMTs 'closed door' policies are, in the view of EV Matters, quite indefensible. Maybe there are subjects that are for a limited audience; however, there should a level in which these organisations should be transparent. The EV evolution in UK is a shambles - some good intentions, some commercial bloody mindedness - but mostly its 'covert' for the sake of a quiet life for those involved. None of whom drive EVs on a regular basis (IMHO)!

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