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The UK government has pledged £ 20 million ($ 27.4 million) to help local authorities install 4,000 electric chargers on the street over the next two years.
Financing is provided by his On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, will double the number of government-sponsored electric chargers to nearly 8,000.
Since the program started in 2017, more than 140 municipal projects with 4,000 charging stations have been carried out.
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Motorists across the country should benefit from the electric vehicle revolution we are about to see.
“With a world-leading charging system, we are making it easier for more people to switch to electric vehicles, creating healthier neighborhoods and cleaning our air when we start building more environmentally friendly again.”
Petrol and diesel ban
The announcement comes almost three months after the government promised to ban sales of new gasoline and diesel cars from 2030, but there are doubts whether the pace at which charging will be introduced will match expected demand.
Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles made up more than 10% of all new registrations in 2020, more than tripling compared to 2019.
In his annual report on driving a car published last month, the RAC 9% of 3,000 respondents said they intend to switch to electricity the next time they change vehicles – up from 6% in 2019 and 3% last year.
However, cost remains a significant barrier Almost eight in ten British motorists (78%) think that electric cars are still too expensive compared to conventional vehicles of similar size.[Read: How much does it cost to buy, own, and run an EV? It’s not as much as you think]
Five times more chargers needed
A new report from UK think tank Policy exchange found that 400,000 public chargers will be needed by 2030 and installations will need to be accelerated five times annually over the next decade.
She also warned that without intervention, rural areas and small towns run the risk of “charging blackspots”.
The report made several recommendations to the government to help meet demand, including hiring private companies to install chargers in areas where they are sparse and funding dedicated teams at local councils.
It also said that the maximum price for government-sponsored chargers should be regulated to prevent vendors from exploiting local monopolies.
Report author and Senior Research Fellow at Policy Exchange, Ed Birkett, said, “Companies are rolling out charging points at a record rate, but there is a risk that some areas of the country will not get enough charging points and be left behind.
“We are concerned about the patchy use of charging stations, which runs counter to the government’s plans for advancement and a strong and connected Union.”
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Published on February 8, 2021 – 12:36 UTC