The UK’s EV charging infrastructure is set for a huge boost as Transport Secretary Chris Grayling will announce today (Monday 9th July) plans to include charge points in new homes, workplaces, and lamp posts.
The proposals will make up part of the government’s Road to Zero strategy, with more money for EV charging infrastructure, and legislation for new developments to make provision for EV charging.
Also due to be clarified is the UK’s ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2040 – with details as to what powertrain types or zero-emission range will exempt models from the ban.
The Automated and Electric Vehicle Bill’s proposed regulations that all large fuel retailers should have EV charge points will be covered too, with the Department for Transport set to give significant backing to EV charging across all sectors. Smart charging and new powers to ensure charge points are maintained and available will also be outlined.
These plans will see potentially hundreds of thousands more charge points being installed across the UK, and futureproof many of the buildings and streets where new developments and lamp-posts are built – also making it easier for those without off-street parking to charge an EV.
Mr Grayling said: “The road to zero strategy, combined with the measures we’ve already introduced, will mean Britain now has one of the most comprehensive support packages for zero-emission vehicles in the world.
“We want the UK to become the best country in the world in which to develop and manufacture zero emission vehicles. The prize is not just a cleaner and healthier environment but a UK economy fit for the future and the chance to win a substantial slice of a market estimated to be worth up to £7.6 trillion by 2050.”