The Department for Transport (DfT) is continuing its electric vehicle revolution with the ambition of ensuring all newly installed rapid and higher powered chargepoints provide card payment by spring 2020.
The government has confirmed that these chargepoints should give users a pay as you go debit or credit card payment option as it seeks to encourage businesses, fleet operators and other motorists to take up more environmentally friendly vehicle options, in the fight to decrease emissions and tackle the climate emergency.
Card payment usage is the latest measure that the government wants to see in order to secure a network of chargepoints; this follows the Prime Minister’s announcement that the government will work alongside the industry to build a national network of high speed electric vehicle charging.
A further £37 million has been committed towards electric chargepoint infrastructure, and card payment is yet another step to mark the first anniversary of the Road to Zero Strategy, which sets out the plans to move towards greener vehicles and infrastructure.
This will see the development of a roaming solution throughout the charging network that allows electric vehicle drivers to use any public chargepoint through a single payment method without needing multiple smartphone apps or membership cards.
Already, the government and industry have supported the installation of more than 20,000 publicly accessible chargepoints in the UK, including in excess of 2,000 rapid devices, making it one of Europe’s largest charging networks.
The government is working with industry to make chargepoint data freely available, increasing confidence in the charging network and helping drivers easily locate and access available chargepoints.
Michael Ellis, Future of Mobility Minister, commented: “The government’s vision is for the UK to have one of the best electric vehicle charging networks in the world, but we know the variety of payment methods at the moment is a source of frustration for drivers.
“It is crucial there are easy payment methods available to improve electric vehicle drivers’ experiences and give drivers choice.
“This will help even more people enjoy the benefits electric vehicles bring and speed up our journey to a zero-emission future.”