UK government announces big investments in EV
Great Britain is going all in when it comes to electrical vehicles. Last week the British government announced a £1.6bn investment in a robust charging network, while BP plans to invest £1bn in EV in the next 10 years.
With the current rising petrol prices it suddenly became easier for EV companies and governments to convince consumers it’s time to make the step from petrol to electrical. With the introduction of the Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy, the government hopes to encourage drivers across the nation to make the switch.
In the future it will be easier to charge than to refuel a petrol or diesel car. It also has to be possible for consumers to compare charging prices, both on websites and in apps.
According to the plans the EV charging grid has to be robust and fair. Moreover, it also needs to cover the whole country. Currently, the UK has 30,000 charging points. This number will reach 300,000 by 2030 under the current government plans.
BP plans to focus on fast charging and is therefore mainly investing in 300kW and 150kW ultra-fast charging points. They also want to expand fleet products and services.
The government introduced a Rapid Charging Fund, that will support the roll out of at least 6,000 high-powered super-fast chargepoints across England’s motorways by 2035.The charge points have to be easily accessible and give a pleasant consumer experience. Very much like the bigger service stations along motorways are already doing.
In a reaction to the BBC, British automobile club RAC stated the charge point target “might sound impressive”, but it is concerned the number is “not going to be sufficient” for growing demand.
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