‘Road to Zero’ Strategy Should See More Charging Points Installed
- September 14, 2018
- Posted by: Alex Baker
- Category: News
The government have announced plans under their ‘Road to Zero’ strategy, to increase the number of charging points nationwide for our ever-increasing number of electric cars.
With ambitions to see at least half of new cars be either zero or ultra-low emission by 2030, greater efforts must be made to improve our infrastructure. New homes, business parks and even lampposts could see charging points attached. The government’s Air Quality plan will see the sale of conventional petrol and diesel cars banned from 2040. The Road to Zero strategy should see our charging infrastructure become one of the best networks in Europe and further encourage the switch to fully electric cars.
Further plans as part of Road to Zero include reducing emissions from the current cars on our roads, increase the uptake of zero emission cars, vans and trucks as well as increasing our infrastructure to accommodate these changes. The plan is technology neutral however, leaving the field open to any zero emission vehicles. The strategy should see the UK at the forefront of an industry predicted to be worth upwards of £7.6 trillion per year from 2050.
The government have pledged at least £1.5 billion to ultra-low emission vehicles by 2020; with ambitious plans such as wireless car charging, subsidised home charging points and further funds for new and existing companies to roll out new charging stations. An Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce is planned to bring together the energy and automotive industries to prepare for an increase in demand resulting from a greater uptake of EVs.
David Smith, chief executive of the Energy Networks Association and a member of the Government’s Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce, said: “Britain’s network operators warmly welcome the Strategy and its recognition of the importance of energy networks in delivering it.
“Low carbon transportation is not only good for the environment – it will enable energy networks to be run in a smarter way, creating a whole range of new and exciting opportunities for homes and businesses to benefit from that.”
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