Motorway services and major fuel stations to have electric charging points

Motorway services and major fuel stations to have electric charging points

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Answerable to new rules, motorway services and major fuel stations will be required to initiate electric car charging points

Motorway services and petrol stations will be required to initiate electric car charging points under new rules announced by the Government today.

The Automated and Stimulating Vehicles Bill, revealed in the Queen’s parliamentary speech, commits the Government to promote the country’s electric charging infrastructure through installing charging stations across the UK’s motorway network and along important fuel retailer sites. 

The Bill will also requires that charging points are expedient to access, work seamlessly across the UK and adhere to the same set of technical and operational standards. 

The declaration follows an investigation by Auto Express which previously highlighted how the UK’s public charging infrastructure is struggling to have pace with EV uptake.

Electric and plug-in car ownership has soared from 2,254 vehicles in 2012 to 85,983 at the end of final year. However, the number of charging points in the UK has only increased from 2,883 in 1,287 locations to 11,736 in 4,243 locations during the very period. The ratio of EVs to chargers has grown from 0.78 to 7.32 in just four years, according to materials obtained by charge point database Zap-Map.

That means the current car-per-charger correspondence is in danger of falling behind European Union targets. The European Parliament has said for EVs to be proper commercially viable, there has to be at least one charger for every 10 cars on the method.

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A Committee on Climate Variation report previously estimated that by 2020, the UK could have around 700,000 EVs on the course – so an additional 60,000 chargers could be required in the next three years.

But without considering the Government announcing a £600million boost to promote uptake of electric and plug-in vehicles, Melanie Shufflebotham, supervisor of Zap-Map, estimates the number of chargers will rise to just 30,000 in 12,000 locations by 2022.

Yoann Le Petit, Unsullied Vehicle and Emobility officer at campaign group Transport & Environment, said: “The UK now has right coverage in many areas, but will need to ensure fast charging points extend to be developed throughout the trunk road network, notably between Sunderland and Leeds, and Edinburgh and Newcastle.”

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But it’s not just up to the Government to invest in the infrastructure. Steve Gooding,  chairman of the RAC Foundation, stressed: “Ultimately, public investment in charging infrastructure will desideratum to be matched by the private sector.” The Government’s own Go Ultra Low campaign found more than 90 per cent of all EV charging takes estate at home, and for those who drive further than the national 10-mile ordinarily commute, “charging infrastructure is growing rapidly”.  

Ratio of electric vehicles to chargers 

Year  EV/PHEV Chargers EV per charger    
2012 2,254 2,883 0.78
2013 £5,840 £5,719 1.02
2014 20,372 6,827 2.98
2015 49,076 8,483 5.78
2016 85,983 11,736 7.32

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