He slammed the decision, saying the industry had worked hard to overcome “a lack of any clear strategy” with many now finding themselves “caught between a rock and a hard place”.
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He said: “However, there’s another concern that has much more serious consequences for the UK automotive sector.
“The mixed messages employers and individuals who work in automotive are receiving can only serve to stultify the commitment to training that is fundamental to safe roads and sustained economic stability.
“But, if automotive employers and their workforce can’t see the immediate return on investment of EV training because of lack of consumer buying confidence, the already critical skills gap will only widen and we could find the wait times for repairs extending even further than they are already.
“That can’t be good news for the UK economy and social mobility.”
There have been concerns from some that the uptake of electric vehicles would be hampered because of the delayed ban as drivers find themselves with more time to stay with their older, potentially more polluting petrol and diesel vehicles.
Many are also concerned about the future of garages and whether they would be able to cope with the influx of electric vehicles.
There have been warnings for years that the UK would see dramatic shortages of EV mechanics before the original 2030 deadline.
It has been suggested that the shortfall number could be as big as 25,000, with motoring organisations calling on the Government to promote the industry.
Steve Nash highlighted how many mechanics and garages would continue to focus on both internal combustion engines and electric powertrain technology.
He continued, saying: “When it comes to independent garages there will, understandably, be considerable nervousness to commit training to a drivetrain that could easily be 10 years down the road before it comes through their doors.
“Busy as a consequence of the pandemic, with the average age of vehicles in the parc increasing to 10 plus years, and facing a significant skills gap, they are already struggling to manage demand.
“As such, there’s little reason for them to prioritise training right now on electric vehicles.
“It’s imperative, therefore, that having made this monumental decision to U-turn on the 2030 target, the Government thinks very carefully about how it ensures UK infrastructure remains effectively supported by the automotive aftermarket.”