A report by the Unite union has assessed some of the changes facing the UK automotive industry and urged the government to put the UK “in the fast lane of electric vehicle (EV) technology”. The report, published on Wednesday 14 March, warned that the biggest current barrier to investment and innovation in EVs “remains government inactivity.” It therefore set out a roadmap to secure investment and remove barriers to the deployment of EVs, which included more investment in vital infrastructure such as charging points, the transmission and distribution systems, domestic lithium extraction and battery recycling facilities. Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey commented: “Without proper investment in research and development, public infrastructure, procurement and public transportation, the UK will continue to lag behind.”