The UK car industry has called on the government to introduce legally binding targets for the installation of charging points for electric vehicles across the UK along with a new regulator that will monitor the progress of implementation.
У a seven-point roadmap for planning and delivering EV infrastructure Published this morning by the SMMT industry group, setting legitimate targets for charging points will help eliminate the risk of much-needed infrastructure investment, and help boost public confidence in EVs by expanding the national network to power battery vehicles.
To help accelerate the proliferation of electric vehicles and address the market ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles in the UK from 2030, SMMT is calling for a new watchdog called Ofcharge, which will be responsible for overseeing new charging targets. , and to keep EV charging affordable, affordable and as simple as refueling for drivers.
The SMMT has suggested that targets of contamination could be introduced as a condition for the upcoming zero-emission (ZEV) government mandate, which will require automakers to produce a minimum amount of EV each year when it takes effect from 2024. These may include targets aimed at the ratio of connected vehicles to a fast public charger in each economic region of the UK, as well as targets for the minimum number of charging points in the suburbs or motorways, the report said.
The report also calls for more support to stimulate and facilitate the supply of charging infrastructure and greater cooperation between players to ensure the suitability of power grids for zero-emission mobility.
SMMT CEO Mike Howes said the supply of new zero-emission cars and vans by 2035 requires a “commensurate commitment” from a wide range of stakeholders, particularly the charging industry, after polls found that “anxiety range” had changed. through “charging the alarm” as the main problem undermining consumer absorption of EV.
“Our plan puts the consumer at the heart of this transition, guaranteeing them the best experience supported by independent regulators,” he said. “With clear, equivalent goals and support for operators and local authorities that meet consumer needs, the government can provide a network of charging points in the UK that makes electric mobility a reality for all, reducing emissions, boosting growth and supporting consumers across the UK.”
Public charging points are still crucial for EV absorption and needed for commercial parks, as well as for a third of UK families who do not have street parking. But infrastructure in the UK is struggling to keep up with demand preliminary SMMT analysis of government statistics showing that the number of public charging points in the UK increased by 70 per cent between 2019 and 2021, during which period the number of connected cars increased by 280 per cent.
The SMMT said it needed a “nationally coordinated but local infrastructure plan” that puts consumer interests first to give charging station operators and local authorities confidence that EV infrastructure is in the right places, ahead of need. Currently, public charging points are unevenly distributed across the country, with the ratio of electric vehicles and chargers in the north of England being 1:52 compared to 1:30 in the south, the report said.
In response to the plan, the Department of Transport did not directly comment on SMMT’s requirement to monitor EV charging, although it said it would soon publish an EV Infrastructure Strategy for the UK.
He also highlighted the £ 1.3bn support she had provided for the deployment of charging points for homes, businesses and residential streets, which he said would help “boost” toll booths while supporting the deployment of toll booths and major roads.
In total, the government has allocated £ 950 million for fast and ultra-fast charging points, £ 620 million for grants and zero-emission car infrastructure, and has pledged to introduce legislation requiring all newly built homes that can turn on the power outlet. . He also promised to regulate payment methods, reliability, price transparency and open data at charging points later this year to improve the EV driver charging experience.
“Our future EV infrastructure strategy will soon be published and will set out our vision for a world-leading charging infrastructure network across the UK,” the DfT said in a statement. “We continue to work with local authorities to ensure that they are involved in the transition, and encourage them to use the street payment point scheme, which last year allocated £ 20 million to deploy public payment points in residential areas.”
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