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12 June 24 Press releases

Auto Trader responds to EU tariffs on Chinese EVs

The European Union’s decision to impose tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles is disappointing, and we hope the UK isn’t tempted to take similar action.

Key spokesperson

Ian Plummer

Commercial Director



Plummer continued:

“UK drivers already face a lack of affordable choices when it comes to electric cars, so it doesn’t make sense for us to limit those options even further for consumers. We need to bring more buyers into the market by cutting down the "green premium" which means EVs are usually 35% more expensive than diesel or petrol cars. We'll only do that with open competition to foster innovation, not by reducing choice for consumers."

“Chinese entrants are already partnering with UK retailers to deliver a quality, affordable product and they will have an important role to lay in the UK’s ongoing transition to electric vehicles.”

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