The government has postponed plans for electric car chargers, citing a lack of vision and goals.
The Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy will now be released “by the end of the year,” as councils warn that the UK currently lacks “targets in place.”
In an investigation, I learned that crucial government plans to build a national network of public chargers – allowing millions of drivers to charge their electric cars – have been postponed.
There is also a “lack of coherent strategic direction” on what to build and where, according to city councils.
The Government had promised to release an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy “this autumn” earlier this year, but the Department for Transport (DfT) has now admitted that the revised deadline is “by the end of this year.”
Boris Johnson may face embarrassment as he attempts to secure international commitments on “coal, cars, cash, and trees” at the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.
A survey of 84 local governments revealed a “lack of coherent strategic direction at a national level, including no articulation of the future vision and lack of clarity over the role authorities were expected to play in delivering EV charging infrastructure,” according to the report.
The Local Government Association commissioned the report, which stated that “currently there are no targets in place for delivery of EV charge infrastructure, nor specific powers or duties for local authorities,” and that “current funding structures are too short-term to allow strategic planning.”
The demand for chargers is rapidly increasing, with up to 14 million electric vehicles expected to be in use in the UK by 2030, when new petrol and diesel models will be prohibited.
However, at least 8 million households do not have access to off-street parking where they can install their own chargers.
Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, told i, “Urgent action is needed to expand our charging network.”
“Consumers will only invest in a fully electric vehicle if it’s as easy to recharge as it is to refuel,” he said, arguing that “binding infrastructure requirements” were “critical.”
According to documents, the Government has yet to decide whether or not local authorities in England and Wales should be required to supervise the installation of chargers.
News summary from Infosurhoy in the United Kingdom.
The government has postponed plans for electric car chargers in response to criticism about a lack of vision and targets.
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