Electric vehicle owners will have access to 300,000 public charging points by the end of the decade, the government said.
Some £500m will be invested to reach the target, according to the Department for Transport, representing a 10-fold increase on the current 30,000 public charging points across the UK.
The 2030 deadline is the same date the government intends ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehiclesas motorists are encouraged to use electricity to help the UK reach net zero by 2050.
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Helping drivers without access to off-street parking will be a focus when the new charging points are rolled out.
The plan, part of the government’s broader Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy, also highlights the need to ensure easily accessible fast charging for longer journeys.
At least 6,000 super-fast charging points will be installed on England’s motorways by 2035 as part of an existing £950m commitment.
Each of these will be required to have a reliability rate of 99% to ensure a good experience for drivers.
Carriers will also be mandated to provide real-time data that allows consumers to check device status and compare prices, and accept contactless payments.
Rural areas promised they won’t miss it
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has promised that the rollout of public charging points will serve all areas, not just urban centers.
“No matter where you live, whether it’s downtown or a rural town, north, south, east or west across the country, we’re flipping the switch to electricity and making sure no one is left behind in the process.” “. he said.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the plan would be “another way we can reduce our reliance on external energy supplies” as the UK looks to move away from Russian oil and gas following the Ukraine invasion.
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The war and subsequent sanctions imposed on Russia have caused prices to skyrocket at UK petrol stations, which could increase the appeal of electric vehicles for many drivers.
Johnson added: “It will also create new high-skilled jobs for our automotive and energy sectors and ultimately ensure a more sustainable and affordable motorsport for all.”
The transport secretary will be live on Sky News Breakfast from 7am Friday.
The government warned that the target may not meet demand
With a 2030 goal of banning the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars, sales of electric cars are on the rise.
Plug-in vehicles, which include pure electric and plug-in hybrids, accounted for more than one in six new cars registered in the UK in 2021.
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RAC chief policy officer Nicholas Lyes said while the government’s commitment to charging points was welcome, he warned it may not be far enough.
“We are concerned that this will not be enough for drivers looking to switch to an electric vehicle en masse ahead of the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars,” he said.
And he stressed the need for recharging points to be of a good level.
“Many current and future electric vehicle drivers are concerned that charging units will be out of order when they arrive to charge their vehicles, so it is vitally important that this is addressed,” he added.