Petrol and diesel car bans would be a “primary way” of achieving the UK’s climate goals and would bolster efforts to increase electric cars, according to charging providers at ChargePoint. However, they reveal more needs to be done to encourage drivers to make the switch to electric vehicles over the next few years.
Christopher Burghardt, Managing Director for Europe at ChargePoint has wanted charging infrastructure must become a “key focus”.
He said now was the time to expand the tools across rural areas and update homes to include new charging stations so drivers could top up their cars.
They warn that increasing the number of electric cars was “critical” if the UK was going to achieve its aims of zero-emission roads.
Mr Burghardt said: “ChargePoint welcomes a strong signal towards a phaseout of petrol and diesel vehicles as a primary way of achieving aggressive climate mitigation goals and bolster increasing efforts to accelerate adoption by the entire EV industry.
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“In order for the UK to achieve its 2030 goal of being net-zero more still needs to be done to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles.
“Increasing the adoption of electric vehicles is critical in the fight against climate change and we are glad that the UK government is considering bringing forward the end to the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles to 2030.
“The UK government is making continuous steps in the right direction however, we need to ensure charging infrastructure remains a key focus in conversations to ensure this becomes reality.
Charging infrastructure in particular is a tremendous way to accelerate the mass adoption of electric vehicles and will make it easier for the public to adopt more environmentally friendly modes of transportation.
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“After a decade of investment in high power charging along highways, it is time to expand charging deployment across cities, in rural areas while updating existing buildings and make them ‘EV ready’ as home and work is where about 80-percent of charging happens.”
New research from the Society of Moror Mmaifcatrirss and Traders (SMMT) has revealed that an investment of £16.7billion will prepare the infrastructure for a car ban.
They estimate that an extra 1.7 million charges will be needed by 2030 to handle the increase in demand.
This would be followed by an extra 2.8million charging stations by 2035 in a project which would need to see over 500 chargers installed each day.
Statistics firm ZapMap has revealed that there are a total of over 34,000 charging connectors available in the UK across 12,300 locations.
However, more than quarter of these were based in Greater London with an extra 23.6 percent in the South East.
Over seven percent of the chargers were also located in the South West and North West as some areas failed to see the investment in infrastructure needed.
The North East and Wales have just three percent of the UK’s charging stations while Northern Ireland has just 1.5 percent.
Ian Johnston, CEO of rapid EV charging experts at Engenie, has revealed it was time for “meaningful action” to prepare the nation for the switchover.
He says it was important the government must continue building infrastructure in some areas where private companies would not support.
He said: “Now it’s time for meaningful action. Over the next decade, the private sector must continue its work to ramp up rapid charging infrastructure across the UK to give drivers the confidence to make the switch to electric.
“In return, the government must commit to supporting infrastructure in rural areas where private investment models are not able to support. By doing so, we can not only meet this target, but surpass it.”