A recent report into Electrical Vehicle infrastructure will have done nothing to allay one of the main reasons why consumers are reluctant to make the switch from more established modes of transport.
A new policy briefing from Policy Exchange, developed to help the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Department for BEIS, ahead of the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel car sales, has concluded that the UK needs to install five times as many charging points to meet climate goals.
The present rate averages out at about 7,000 installations annually, but that needs to increase to 35,000 moving forward if the government is to fulfil its pledge that everyone will have access to an accessible public EV charging point within a 30-mile radius of their home regardless of location.
With rural areas lagging behind in particular, the briefing recommends the creation of dedicated “charge point” teams to ensure local authorities have the necessary expertise to oversee the infrastructure rollout and avoid “charging blackspots”.
It also looks into how the tender process could help facilitate the rollout in less accessible areas as well as looking at ways the user experience can be better to encourage more people to go green and buy an EV.