Government Doubles funding for on-street Electric Charging points
Will this development encourage more people to invest into Electric Vehicles? Find out more below.
With demands to reduce CO2 emissions as prevalent as ever, the government is continuously seeking to make electric vehicles as convenient and accessible for the general public as possible. It has been shown that the availability of charge points in residential areas and on-the-go is one of the main hurdles to overcome in the planned increase of Zero emission cars. Many people are still dubious about investing in a technology which could cause issues in their day-to-day life, and a lack of locations for charging is one of them.
With only 20,000 publicly accessible charge points currently in Britain, it’s no wonder many car owners are holding off on making the swap to low emission vehicles. It is said that 1 in 5 drivers will not even consider swapping due to the worry of the battery running out of charge. Industry experts have warned that the demand for pure electric cars will be restricted unless there are improvements to the charging infrastructure.
Due to this, the Government have taken action to ensure that the use of EVs will be as convenient as possible. It has been confirmed that a total of £400 million has been pledged to help bolster the public charging network on less populated routes. Some of these charge points are planned to be built into existing structures such as lampposts.
Along with this, the government is also hoping to invest £70million of their budget on 3,000 new fast charging points being installed across the UK by 2024. This will bring the total number of fast charging points in the UK to 5,000, most of which will be installed along major routes and motorway services. It is hoped that these new charge points installed at popular routes and areas such as service stations, will mean a far more dependable charging availability on longer journeys.
This is now double the original budget laid out for these plans in an attempt to push the cleaner air project into motion. According to the Department of Transport, the extra money will be able to fund a further 1,000 charging points that will be positioned by the roadside.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “It’s vital that electric vehicle drivers feel confident about the availability of charge points near their homes, and that charging an electric car is seen as easy as plugging in a smartphone.
This investment will hopefully encourage more people to invest in electric vehicles by making charging points far more accessible to the general public.
It’s also becoming easier to locate your nearest charging point on-the-go, wherever you are in the UK, thanks to the development of apps and websites such as Zap-Map and Go Ultra Low. It’s now simpler to plan your journeys and days out, knowing where the nearest charge points are and as they’re constantly being updated, this should help reduce the worry and anxiety of running out of charge.
The vehicle Breakdown and Recovery industry is also moving with the times as well, as they introduce more recovery vehicles equipped with the tools and equipment necessary to top-up your charge at the roadside, giving you enough juice to get to the nearest charge point. All of these developments start to make owning an EV easier and easier, reducing the barriers and concerns that drivers have when it comes to adopting the new technology. Plus, with an increasing number of makes and models available, and the starting prices coming down to a level that’s more widely affordable, the growth in EVs is only going to get faster!
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