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Fleet of measures for car industry

Autumn Statement

3 December 2014

The Chancellor announced in today’s Autumn Statement a number of measures to support the future of cars, including investments in ultra-low emission and driverless vehicles.

David Raistrick, UK head of automotive for Deloitte, said:

Ultra-low emission vehicles
“Investments in the infrastructure for plug-in vehicles may lead to an increase in sales of electric vehicles in the UK. However, large scale take up of the electric option is more dependent on improvements in operating range and the price of these vehicles being more closely aligned with customer price expectations.”

Driverless cars
“The listing of Bristol, London, Milton Keynes and Coventry as the locations for driverless car trials commencing in 2014 suggests that these are the successful applicants for the pilot schemes announced earlier this year. The success or failure of these driverless car trials will have a significant impact on the early adoption of the technology in the UK.”

Fuel freeze
“It’s worth noting that the decrease in the oil price will have caused many motorists to expect the return of the fuel duty escalator, scrapped earlier in this Parliament. Therefore, the announcement of the fuel duty freeze remaining in place will have been a relief to private and business users alike.”

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