UK unveils major EV infrastructure strategy

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

 

 

The UK government has targeted electric vehicle (EV) charging points with a £400m EV charging infrastructure fund for private companies to produce and install charge points across the UK, in a policy document recently released.

 

The government said it would launch a request for proposal to appoint a fund manager in the summer for the EV charging infrastructure.

 

In its Road to Zero strategy, the government wants half of all vehicles in the UK electric by 2030, and would be supported by the inclusion of EV charging points in new-build homes and on newly-built street architecture like street lamps.

 

The strategy also details the launch of a £400 Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund for new and existing companies that produce and install charge points. The request for proposal to appoint a fund manager will be launched in the summer.

 

It created a new £40m programme to develop and trial innovative, low cost wireless and on-street charging technology and also provides up to £500 for electric vehicle owners to put in a charge point in their home.

 

The policy sits alongside targets for increasing air quality; the government’s industrial growth strategy; and a policy on the future of mobility which focuses on automation in commercial and private road use.

 

The Road to Zero also targets:

  • Creating a new £40m programme to develop and trial innovative, low cost wireless and on-street charging technology

  • Providing up to £500 for electric vehicle owners to put in a charge point in their home through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. And an increase in the value of grants available to workplaces to install chargepoints so people can charge when they are at work

  • The extension of the Plug-In Car and Van Grantsto at least October 2018 at current rates, and in some form until at least 2020, allowing consumers to continue to make significant savings when purchasing a new electric vehicle

  • The launch of an Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce to bring together the energy and automotive industries to plan for the increase in demand on energy infrastructure that will result from a rise in the use of electric vehicles

  • Charging points to be included in new-build homes by 2030

Chris Grayling, secretary of state for transport, said: “The coming decades are going to be transformative for our motor industry, our national infrastructure and the way we travel. We expect to see more change in the transport sector over the next 10 years than we have in the previous century.

 

“We are expecting our economy and society to experience profound change, which is why we have marked the Future of mobility as one of the 4 grand challenges as part of our modern Industrial Strategy.

 

The Road to Zero Strategy sets out a clear path for Britain to be a world leader in the zero emission revolution – ensuring that the UK has cleaner air, a better environment and a stronger economy."

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