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Real Academia de Ingenieria (Spain) (RAI) 2010This study has investigated the implications of the large-scale adoption of electric cars in Britain. Electric vehicles hold the promise, if widely adopted, of drastically reducing carbon emissions from surface transport and could, therefore, form a major plank in the UK’s efforts to meet the binding emissions reduction targets enshrined in the 2008 Climate Change Act. This report concludes that the success of electric vehicles in the UK will rely on a number of infrastructural improvements and early agreement on standards and protocols. Development of the technologies ahead of these decisions could reduce public acceptance of EVs, if different charging solutions are being offered, and ultimately require increased future investment in infrastructure to accommodate multiple standards.