Nonetheless, the committee MPs have said DNOs should either be incentivised or required to facilitate the development of charging infrastructure, while also calling for new renewable generation to be added to ensure the electricity powering the UK's EVs are is also decarbonised.
Ministers have also been told they must "get a grip" and tackle the growing infrastructure problems associated with electric cars across the country.
But the committee dubbed the targets as "vague and unambitious", and described the lack of clarity on which vehicles will and will not be sold in 2040 as "unacceptable" for an industry trying to make investments.
The reports also calls for a refocusing of the UK's industrial activities and notes that rather than trying to play catch-up on technology areas such as battery-manufacturing (where other countries have taken a substantial lead) the United Kingdom would be better off aggressively targeting high-value aspects of the EV and battery supply chains where it already holds comparative strengths.More news: Leverage trade deals for U.S. return to climate accord - USA
MPs sitting on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee have urged the Government to bring its 2040 ban for new petrol and diesel auto sales forward to 2032 - in light of the recent findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The committee criticised the Government for leaving delivery of a national charging network to local authorities and private companies, and called for regulations to provide an extensive, reliable and standardised public system.
Responding to the report, a government spokesperson said: "Our Road to Zero strategy outlined our ambition for the United Kingdom to be the best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle". The Committee calls on the Government to take the lead in ensuring charging points are provided nationwide and help local authorities access greater technical and financial support to develop charging infrastructure across the country, including in remote and rural areas.
The report comes following the Government's scrapping of the plug-in auto grant scheme only a few days ago - whereby the grant only benefits buyers of cars that can travel at least 70 miles on electric power alone, effectively cutting out PHEVs.
Ministers want more support for lower-income families to be able to purchase an electric auto whether that be in incentives, vehicle clubs and the second-hand market. "This is only the latest sign of the government's inconsistent approach to developing the market for electric vehicles".
In a report, MPs warned that ministers were failing to promote electric vehicles despite government rhetoric about the United Kingdom being a world leader in the technology.More news: Royal tour: Meghan takes morning off as Harry goes solo in Sydney
"The UK Government's targets on zero-emissions vehicles are unambitious and vague, giving little clarity or incentive to industry or the consumer to invest in electric cars".
"To bring that forward to 2032 at a time when we don't have the necessary [electric vehicle charging] infrastructure - and after the government has cut incentives for plug-in hybrids - would make it impossible to achieve".
But industry body Energy UK's chief executive Lawrence Slade said: "We firmly support the Committee's call for greater ambition and believe that an accelerated timetable for the rollout of Electric Vehicles (EVs) is both desirable and feasible".
"According to our own research, the United Kingdom is the fifth best European country in which to own an electric vehicle".
"As part of this, we want between 50 per cent and 70 per cent of new auto sales to be ultra low emission by 2030, and for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040".More news: 2 men charged in Georgia officer's fatal shooting