UK Government pushing for charging point installation in new homes

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Words: Robert Barry   |   Photos ABB
12 Jul 2018

As part of the Road to Zero strategy to see at least 50 percent of new cars to be ultra low emission (ULEV) by 2030 the British government is pushing for all newly built houses and flats to have charging points installed where possible.

The electric vehicle homecharge scheme will provide 500 pounds for EV owners to put a charge point into their home and there will also be an increase in the value of grants available to workplaces to install charge points for employees to use while at work.

The Road to Zero Strategy is technology neutral and does not speculate on which technologies might help to deliver the UK government’s 2040 mission. It has no plan to ban any particular technology - like hybrids - as part of this strategy and it has already committed to investing 1.5 billion pounds in ULEV by 2020.

The strategy outlines a number of measures including a push for charge points to be installed in newly built homes, and new lampposts to include charging points, potentially providing a massive expansion of the plug-in network

The British government will also launch a 400 million pound fund to help accelerate the roll-out of charging infrastructure by providing funding to new and existing companies that produce and install charge points.

It is also creating a new 40 million pound programme to develop and trial innovative, low cost wireless and on-street charging technology.

The British government is also extending the Plug-In Car and Van Grants to at least October 2018 at current rates, and in some form until at least 2020, allowing consumers to continue to make significant savings when purchasing a new electric vehicle

It will also launch an electric vehicle energy taskforce to bring together the energy and automotive industries to plan for the increase in demand on energy infrastructure that will result from a rise in the use of electric vehicles

The initiatives will set the stage for the mass uptake of ULEVs. The British government is also taking powers through the automated and electric vehicles bill to ensure charge points are easily accessed and used across the UK, available at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers and will be smart ready.

In New Zealand the government established the low emission vehicles contestable fund to support a reduction in carbon emissions from road transport by encouraging innovation and investment that accelerates uptake of electric and other low emission vehicles here.

The fund provides up to $6 million per year to co-fund, up to 50%, projects with private and public sector partners in areas where commercial returns aren’t yet strong enough to justify full private investment.

These projects will need to contribute to increasing the variety and supply of electric vehicles (EVs) available, improving the availability of servicing or charging infrastructure in areas where demand is not fully developed, and developing innovative products or systems to take advantage of growing EV usage.

 

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