ED Miliband was mocked last night as he called for an “electric car revolution” – but admitted he doesn’t own one himself.
The Shadow Business Secretary called on ministers today to dish out loans to people so they can buy pricey EVs and afford to make the green swap.
Boris Johnson has vowed to make everyone get an electric car by the end of the decade.
Mr Miliband – well-known for bacon sandwich fame during the 2015 election – was quizzed on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on whether he had one, but replied: “I haven’t yet — it’s a work in progress.
“It is going to happen, I promise you. I have bought an electric bike, but it’s on its way.”
But GMB’s Susanna Reid hit back: “So hang on – you’re pushing for everyone to have an electric car and you don’t have one yourself?”
He said he was pushing to make it accessible for all, but Susanna quipped: “It’s not even accessible to you.” Mr Miliband added: “I’ve definitely been in an electric car.”
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Team Miliband scrambled to stress that he had been planning to get a Nissan Leaf but had put his plans on hold due to the pandemic.
Environment Secretary Grant Shapps has a Tesla – one of the pricier electric cars.
A government source said last night: “Shocking performance from a party running out of charge. Miliband is clearly few watts short of a lightbulb.”
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