Yesterday (24th March), the UK Government announced its new electric vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Strategy.
The Government has committed at least £1.3 billion of investment in EV charging infrastructure before the next General Election.
The strategy includes welcome commitment to support local delivery of charging infrastructure with £450m committed to a Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Fund (LEVI).
Mike Peirce, Director of Corporate Partnerships at international non-profit, Climate Group said:
“The Government’s announcement of an EV Infrastructure Strategy to ensure the UK is ‘EV-fit’ by 2030 is a step in the right direction. Access to reliable charging infrastructure, both at-home and across the road network, is a key barrier to EV adoption, as identified by major global business members of our EV100 initiative this week.
“The UK’s EV100 members have already put almost 10,000 EVs on the road and installed nearly 5,000 charging points. In total, over 90,000 EVs will be rolled-out by 2030 by these companies.
“Encouraging delivery by local authorities, alongside measures to address reliability and interoperability, is the right approach. These are issues that are consistently raised by members of the UK Electric Fleets Coalition, and EV100 members, and the announcement today should help address these concerns.
“It’s vital that the Government continues to help businesses invest with confidence. Further information on Government action in the coming months, as promised today, will help boost this confidence. We look forward to working with Government and businesses to ensure that rapid infrastructure roll-out supports new EVs on the road.”