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London has achieved its goal of adding 300 more fast charging points for electric vehicles to its network before the end of 2020, bringing the total number of fast chargers in the UK capital to over 500.
Mainly used by commercial vehicles such as taxis and delivery drivers, the chargers are designed to charge quickly in 30 minutes.
The London boroughs have also supplied more than 2,000 residential charging points on the street Go Ultra Low City Scheme with more than 3,000 forecasts due for delivery by spring this year. Both projects and a grant program to help taxi drivers convert to electric vehicles are government funded Office for Emission-Free Vehicles (OZEV).
Work with BP Pulse and ESB Energy as the charging point operator, Transport for London (TfL), has achieved the goal, although the work was interrupted from April to June 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alex Williams, Director of Urban Planning at TfL, said, “Fast charging stations will play a key role in decarbonising transport and moving towards cleaner vehicles. To make it easier for drivers to switch from older, more polluting to electric vehicles, they need to be confident that plugging in will be convenient and hassle-free. “
One recently report until International Council for Clean Transportation It showed that London was at the top of a league of European cities in terms of policies to grow its EV market.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan The delivery schedule for the infrastructure of electric vehicles predicts a sharp increase in the demand for charging infrastructure. It is estimated that the city will need up to 4,000 fast charging stations and up to 48,000 home chargers by 2025 as more people and businesses switch to electric vehicles.
Cost is still a factor
Almost eight in ten UK motorists (78%) believe that electric cars are still too expensive compared to conventional vehicles of a similar size, based on the latest research RAC report on driving a car.
The report found that 9% of 3,000 respondents said they want to switch to electricity the next time they change vehicles – up from 6% in 2019 and 3% the previous year.[Read: How this company leveraged AI to become the Netflix of Finland]
More than half of drivers (53%) would like VAT on zero-emission vehicles to be either reduced or eliminated, with a slightly smaller proportion (48%) in favor of a scrapping program to make switching more affordable.
Rod Dennis, spokesman for RAC Data Insight, said, “With 2030 clearly set as the end of sales of new gasoline and diesel cars and vans, the momentum is growing to get more of us into electric vehicles – and it is clear that an increasing proportion increases the driver’s response.
“But the biggest obstacle for a driver who chooses an electric car instead of a gasoline or diesel powered car has to cost.
“While good finance leases and offers like free home recharging for a set period of time can help, it seems that the price of many new EVs remains prohibitive for many people and most drivers want more funding for government help, to cut costs. “
Almost every third motorist (30%) is in favor of increasing electricity by £ 1,000 ($ 1,367) Plug-in Car Grant, that would take it up to £ 4,000.
Other European countries like Norway have introduced tax cut measures on the purchase of new electric vehicles that have increased electric vehicle ownership dramatically.
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Published on January 28, 2021 – 09:45 UTC