COMMENTING on the Government’s decisions to supercharge the EV charging infrastructure, Meryem Brassington, electrification propositions lead at the leasing provider Lex Autolease, said:
“If the UK is to achieve its electrification ambitions, increasing public charge points is absolutely key. While the number of electric vehicles registered on the roads continues to soar, we need the right infrastructure in place to keep up with the demands for charging.
“The Government’s plans for a tenfold increase in electric car charge points by the end of the decade will go a long way to help, especially for those drivers and businesses in rural areas where access to charging remains a major barrier to electric vehicle uptake.
“What’s more, as we accelerate the rollout of charge points it’s vital that increased grid capacity is available to meet the additional charging requirements, allowing the infrastructure to seamlessly integrate with the UK’s energy system.”
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It says it plans a convenient, affordable and reliable charging network, committing £1.6 billion to expand UK chargepoints – with around 300,000 public chargers expected to be available by 2030.
It said a significant amount of its support would be focused on those without access to off-street parking, and on fast charging for longer journeys.
Meanwhile, one of the key barriers to EV driving is to be removed with chargepoint operators legally required to meet rigorous standards, enabling drivers to pay easily and find nearby chargers. It will do away with the requirement for a smartphone-full of different apps.
Coinciding with the Government’s announcement, bp pulse announced a £1 billion investment in ultra-fast charging.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps commented:
“No matter where you live – be that a city centre or rural village, the north, south, east or west of the country – we’re powering up the switch to electric and ensuring no one gets left behind in the process.
“The scale of the climate challenge ahead of us all is well known and decarbonising transport is at the very heart of our agenda.
“That’s why we’re ensuring the country is EV-fit for future generations by the end of this decade, revolutionising our charging network and putting the consumer first.”