BRUSSELS – Britain may face a fall in imports of electric cars since car manufacturers will lose motivation to sell low-emission cars in the British market, a research center in Brussels warned yesterday.
Sales of such cars will not be among the targeted sale plans of the European Union countries, which will push manufacturers to sell them instead to European countries to achieve the desired goals, according to the Center for Transport and Environmental Research.
Last year, Britain was the third largest market for clean vehicles in the European Union and the major market for hybrid electric cars, according to the report of this Research Center.
“Auto manufacturers may simply send their less efficient models to the British market,” Cecil Topoh of the center said.
The Center added that the shortage in electric cars and hybrids will be a serious blow to the allegations of the British government aimed at “Green Brexit”.
Brexit could also pose a threat to the UK auto industry; as well of up to 6,700 jobs in the auto sector, about a tenth of the current labor force, could be eliminated if Britain left the bloc without a full divorce agreement.
However, if the so-called “hard Brexit” occurs, the auto industry will become more expensive by about 10 percent if they have to trade under WTO fees, according to the economic center.
Auto industry in Britain was a major concern for Prime Minister Teresa Mae, who has vowed to allow some economic sectors to maintain smooth trade ties with the European Union.