The government must do more to “jump-start” the electric revolution, according to the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC).
It comes after the government announced further funding to help local authorities install further charging infrastructure on streets which can be built into structures that already exist, such as lampposts.
The government has committed an extra £2.5 million to support the installation of approximately 1,000 new charge points in England.
It is designed to give people access to charging infrastructure in more convenient locations and encourage more people and businesses to move towards greener vehicles; it’s all part of the Road to Zero Strategy which also aims to improve the green infrastructure options in the country.
However, the NIC, responsible for providing expert advice to the government on all things infrastructure, feel more steps need to be taken to make the electric revolution a reality.
A spokesperson for the Commission welcomed the funding, but said options for long journeys need to be factored in.
The spokesperson said: “While additional investment for charging infrastructure is welcome, the government needs to go even further to jump-start the electric revolution.
“This new funding is specifically for residential areas and will help deliver slow and smart charge points aimed at overnight use – but equally important is rolling out rapid chargers for long journeys away from home.
“If we’re going to speed up the switch to electric vehicles, Britain needs a truly national and visible rapid charging network, to give drivers confidence that they can refuel wherever they go.”
The NIC has itself made a series of recommendations to the government, through its National Infrastructure Assessment in July 2018.
In addition, the Chairman of the Commission, Sir John Armitt, has written an article suggesting what is needed in terms of transport infrastructure in the face of the growing climate emergency; a charging network is a high priority.