It is always challenging bringing a new product to market but especially when the financial outlay for the buyer is high. The case of electric vehicles would appear to show that where government and public bodies can play a supportive role to the private sector, a viable market can be achieved.
That does not make it about 'picking winners' but seeing where support can be placed which overcomes a fundamental failure, in this case the supporting infrastructure network.
The UK now appears set to benefit economically through jobs but also in terms of the environment as well.
It is also an interesting question to ask whether the rise of the sharing economy and a potential move away from an old model of car ownership offers further development potential.
Fundamentally, in the first place it's about working out the partnership arrangements between public and private sectors.
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