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Jersey government urged to look at EV incentives

According to a report by the BBC, the head of the island's power company has said that the States should make money available to help people buy electric vehicles.

Speaking to the BBC, Chris Ambler, CEO of Jersey Electricity Company, said as the sole electricity provider the company could help with installing power points as well as providing suitable tariffs.

‘This fits well with the States energy strategy and would help them reach the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050,’ he said.

He suggested a trial for a limited number of grants over the next couple of years to test public appetite.

In response Treasury Minister, Senator Philip Ozouf, told the BBC he was open to ideas.

He said: "Treasury gives substantial support to the Environment Department for ongoing energy efficiently initiatives. I'm happy to hear arguments about whether subsidised electric cars would work or whether there was a better use of funds.’

The BBC reported there are about 90 electric vehicles in Jersey excluding work vehicles, such as forklift trucks, out of a total of 100,000 cars.

Last year saw the island gain its first EV charging points, with the Transport Minister saying the States wanted to reduce carbon emissions by 80% on 1990 levels by 2050, with 40% of the savings expected to come from transportation.

Natalie Middleton

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